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FBI to Begin Tracking Animal Cruelty Cases in National Crime Report

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Animal cruelty cases will soon be tracked by the FBI.

The USA Today reports that the bureau animal cruelty cases will be added to the Uniform Crime Report, which tracks other crimes such as murder, assault and burglary.

“No longer will extremely violent cases be included in the ‘other offense’ category simply because the victims were animals. Just as the FBI tracks hate crimes and other important categories, we will now have critical data on animal cruelty,” said Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

“This is a great step in the right direction,” said Annette Laico, CEO of Progressive Animal Welfare Society in Lynnwood, Washington.

The Humane Society has been urging the FBI for years to begin tracking the cases.

The FBI didn’t respond to requests for a comment.

FBI Report Says Violent Crimes Dropped 6.4% in 1st Half of 2011

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Violent crimes and property crimes in the U.S. dropped during January to June of this year compared to the same period last year, according to the FBI’s just-released Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report.

The report showed that overall, violent crimes were down 6.4 percent in that period, and property crimes dipped by 3.7 percent.

More specifically, murders were down 5.7 percent; rape dropped 5.1 percent, robbery fell 7.7 percent, and aggravated assault declined 5.9 percent.

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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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FBI Plans to Change Definition of Rape to Better Capture Stats

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Are rapes recorded accurately?

Apparently not, which is why the the FBI is in the process of changing the definition of rape for the first time in 80 years, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The Sun reports that critics have insisted the definition is too narrow, resulting in fewer stats and less resources for victims and law enforcement.

The paper reports that a subcommittee of the Criminal Justice Information Service of the FBI plans to address the matter at an Oct. 18 meeting in Baltimore.

Recommendations will go to an advisory board and then to FBI Director Robert Mueller for approval, the Sun reported.

Greg Scarbro, the FBI’s unit chief for the Uniform Crime Report, said the agency has been discussing revisions since last year.

“From the highest levels of the FBI, there’s an understanding that this needs to change, Greg Scarbro, the FBI’s unit chief for the Uniform Crime Report, told the Sun. “We just need to make sure it happens in the right way,” he said.

The paper reports that rape has long been defined “as forcible male penile penetration of a female — which excludes cases involving oral and anal penetration, where the victims were drugged or under the influence of alcohol, and male victims.”

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