The FBI advisory board has finally made the decision to update the extremely outdated definition of rape, which hasn’t been changed since 1929. Care2 sends a huge thanks to the more than 6,000 members that signed this petition and helped make this happen!
Rape was previously defined as ”carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” This narrow definition posed a frequent problem when attempting to prosecute cases of rape and abuse that involved family members as well as oral and anal assault, as well as male rape. The new definition provides a more encompassing description of what rape is and all that it may entail. Countless numbers of sexual assault cases could not be properly prosecuted because of the inadequate definition.
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, was more than excited to hear the news. “It’s a great victory. This new definition will mean that, at long last, we will begin to see the full scope of this horrific violence, and that understanding will carry through to increased attention and resources for prevention and action, ” she said.
The new definition states that rape 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.” Rape is frequently treated as a problem for the victims, often urging women to do things to protect themselves from the possibility of rape. Seldom do people peer into the issue of rape and violence and how to stop the perpetrators.
Many have high hopes that this new definition will bring justice for those who have been affected by rape and abuse, as well as helping provide a more accurate idea of the prevalence of rape today.
This new revolutionary definition will be presented to FBI Director Robert Mueller for final approval.
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