20 Oct '11, 3am

Rape Is Rape: FBI Committee Votes To Expand Definition | Care2 Causes

Rape Is Rape: FBI Committee Votes To Expand Definition | Care2 Causes

The FBI has used the same definition of rape since 1929 : “Forcible rape” is defined as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will,” a definition which has excluded victims of forced anal or oral sex, rape with an object, statutory rape and male rape. On Wednesday, October 18, the Uniform Crime Report Subcommittee of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) voted unanimously to expand its definition of rape in the UCR: The new definition–of “rape,” no longer “forcible rape”–defines the crime as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” The FBI would maintain data on “forcible rape” only for research and comparison. Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), says that “This will e...

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