UPDATE: Another Victory in Rape Is Rape Campaign–Just One Hurdle Left!

Yesterday we reported that a critical vote on the fate of the “forcible rape” definition was scheduled to occur at the FBI Advisory Policy Board (APB) meeting in Albuquerque, N.M.

As expected, the APB cast its vote. And it was unanimous in favor of adopting the new definition. After months of raising awareness and generating world-wide support for the change through our “Rape is Rape” campaign, we at Ms. couldn’t be more pleased. As we wrote yesterday:

The existing, archaic definition of rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will” excludes many forms of rape, such as oral and anal assault. It has been long criticized for leading to vast under-reporting of the crime.

In October, the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Subcommittee of the CJIS voted unanimously to recommend a new, more inclusive definition of rape in the UCR. Today’s vote will determine the fate of the new definition. If passed, as it is expected to, it will be forwarded to FBI Director Robert Mueller for final approval.

If the resolution to adopt the new, more inclusive definition of rape (no longer limited to “forcible”) is ultimately approved, it will represent a major policy change that will dramatically impact the way rape is policed, reported and tracked nationwide.

The result of yesterday’s meeting brings us to the finish line in this campaign. Now it’s up to FBI Director Robert Mueller to give the new, more inclusive definition his final seal of approval. Make sure he knows that we’re paying attention. Sign the Change.org petition and share it with your networks today:

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  1. I have a current investigation on the charge of rape/sexual assault against an old friend of my exhusbands. When giving the report the trooper taking the report said that it was not rape because I did not say no at the time of the act, but did earlier. How can I get some more information, assistance, or anything to help this man be charged with the crime that he committed. This would be one more step toward the goal of setting precedence and ending the old stigmatism that rape is not rape unless you fight back. Which in this case could have been deadly. I would appreciate help for me and all victims.



  2. Within the raised awareness nobody thought about the change from “female” to “female or male”?

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