Obama Administration Expands Count Of Rape Victims

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is expanding the definition of rape, including men for the first time, when counting the number of victims.

It's a change supporters say is long overdue. The expansion is important because policymakers and lawmakers use crime statistics to allocate resources for prevention and victim assistance.

Since 1929, the FBI has defined rape as the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will. The revised definition covers any gender of victim or attacker and includes instances in which the victim is incapable of giving consent due to the influence of drugs or alcohol or because of age. Physical resistance is not required.

The new definition will not change federal or state laws and will not alter charges or prosecutions.


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