Rape Defintion Broadens to Include Men

Definition now includes males

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    Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the law enforcement actions of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Justice Department in Washington.

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced a revision to the Uniform Crime Report's definition of rape.
    Under the original definition, first established in 1927, forcible rape was defined as "the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will," meaning unwanted sexual acts involving males was excluded. Unlike the old definition, the new definition broadens the scope of rape and includes men.

    According to a Justic Department statement, "The 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," according to a Justice Department statement.

    The new definition does not change federal or state criminal codes.