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Panel Recommends Changing FBI’s Definition in Rape; Director Must Now Sign Off on It

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The only question is: What took so long?

After much deliberation and consideration, the FBI’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board voted Tuesday to update the agency’s narrow definition of rape for its Uniform Crime Report, a definition that hadn’t been updated since 1929,  Huffington Post reports.

The crime report is often used as a gauge to determine crime patterns in the U.S.

Huffpost reported that the FBI currently defines rape as “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.”

A lower panel recommended to change the definition in October.  FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III must now sign off on this to make it official.

The Huffington Post reported that the new definition expands what rape by taking out “forcible” assault and the requirement that the attack must be toward a woman. It also now includes non-vaginal/penile rape and rape by a blood relative.

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