Friday, October 21, 2011

FBI Definition of Rape will Change

Photo from Women's Law Project

Many sexual assault cases have been dismissed by courts because of technicalities dealing specifically with the words used to define rape. This will hopefully be fixed with a new definition of rape that will be voted upon in December and hopefully will replace the present definition.

The present FBI definition goes like this: "carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will". The new definition is going to be worded in a more detailed fashion. It will state: "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".

This new FBI definition is being considered, thanks to Carol Tracy, the executive director of Women's Law Project. Carol Tracy has been on the FBI's case to change their definition of rape for 10 years!

Thank you Carol Tracy, on behalf of WomenOnGuard™ and all women in the USA!
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