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What is the new definition of Forcible Rape under the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program?
In a Department of Justice Press Release, Attorney General Holder recently announced a new definition of forcible rape under the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The new definition of rape is: "[t]he 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." The previous definition defined rape as "the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will."

This update will help to ensure that rape will be more accurately reported nationwide, thus providing a greater understanding of the scope of sexual violence in the U.S.

Last Updated: 3/16/2012


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