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FBI Changing Definition Of Rape

Last updated on Monday, December 19, 2011

(UNDATED) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Friday they are changing the definition of rape as an effort to recognize male victims.

The United States have had one definition of rape since the 1920's. According to the Uniform Crime Report, the definition of forcible rape is "the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will." The Bureau's current guideline normally classifies sexual attacks against men as assaults or other sex offenses.

The new definition approved by the FBI is "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."

According to the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 1 in 7 women and 1 in 12 men will be raped at somepoint in his or her lifetime. Almost 15,000 rape cases are reported in Indiana each year.

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