Associated Press (01.06.12) - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The Obama administration has expanded the FBI's definition of
rape to include men as possible victims and dropped the
requirement that a victim must have physically resisted the
attack. Crime statistics affect the allocation of money and
resources for prevention programs and assistance, and the
revised definition will increase the number of rapes counted
by the FBI. However, it will not affect federal or state laws,
or charges and prosecutions.
For more than eight decades, the FBI has defined rape as
carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.
The new FBI definition covers any gender of victim or
attacker, and it applies to situations where the victim is
incapable of giving consent, including due to drugs, alcohol
or age. Physical resistance is not required. Rape is "the
penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with
any body part or object" without the victim's consent. The
definition also covers "oral penetration by a sex organ of
another person" without consent.
The issue received high-level White House attention after Vice
President Joe Biden raised it during a July 2011 Cabinet
meeting. The Department of Justice said the new definition
mirrors the majority of rape statutes now on the books in
Of the $592 million Congress approved to address violence
against women this year, $39 million is for rape prevention
and education programming administered by CDC.