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Ms. Magazine – The FBI’s Definition of Rape: Older Than a Lot of Things

Posted by 4love2love on June 23, 2011

April 25, 2011 by Annie Shields · 1 Comment


The FBI has been using this definition of rape for its Uniform Crime Report since 1929:

The carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.

That definition excludes victims of forced anal or oral sex, rape with an object, statutory rape and male rape. And that definition hasn’t been changed in 82 years.

Let’s put this in perspective. The last time that federal law enforcement addressed the way we define and track rapes:

What’s more, the definition of rape that the FBI still uses today is older than:

Just imagine how much has changed about Warren Buffet since he was an infant. Now just think how little has changed about the way our federal government defines rape.

The pictures above shows what the world looked like back when the FBI started using the “forcible” rape definition. It’s high time for a change. Tell FBI Director Robert Mueller that rape is rape.


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