FBI Finally Changes Terrifyingly Narrow Definition of Rape

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the definition of rape will finally be updated to include shit you already probably thought should've been in there. This is important because crime rates as reported by the FBI are used to determine how much money is allotted to anti-rape initiatives and victims' services.

The old definition of forcible rape, a rusty old antique from 1929, was " the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will." This is immediately problematic in that it excludes men and women coerced to have sex by non-forcible means, as well as those too young to legally consent to sex. Sorry, protagonists in every single Lifetime movie about wayward teens. If you were drugged at a bar and woke up the next morning with no recollection of what you did the previous night, you weren't technically "raped."


After a lengthy campaign led by Ms. magazine and change.org, a panel of FBI officials agreed that the old definition would be hilarious if it wasn't so awful and wrote a new definition for "forcible rape" that includes non-women and doesn't require that the victim physically resist the attack.

Even though this is great news, there's still this: about one in five women and one in every seventy-one men are rape victims. There's still a long way to go.


US scraps narrow definition of rape, will now include more people as victims, including men [WaPo]

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