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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  • by Greg Location: Castle Rock on Jan 9, 2012 at 08:04 AM
    So if I'm intoxicated and the female is intoxicated, we have sex, which she says she wanted, but later changes her mind and reports you, the man goes down for rape? But you both engaged in the sexual act, were both intoxicated, and both agreed.
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      by Jack Griffin on Jan 9, 2012 at 09:04 AM in reply to Greg
      Don't need to drink for that to happen...
  • by Dilbert Location: CS on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    So, does what the government does to tax paying citizens on a daily basis count as rape or not?
  • by Heff on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    "No means no" means nothing unless no means no. TV and movies are full of women smiling because "I said no no no, but I meant YES YES YES!!!". I've had women rip into me like a monkey on a cupcake and then storm off, only to turn and see a female friend grinning at me because "Wow, she really likes you..." If we're going to play this fun flirty insane gender game with Go Directly To Jail cards we need a national safe word, one that actually does mean "no". "Monopoly! Monopoly!"
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