It’s Officially Illegal To Rape A Man #NoSandusky
Men can now be victims of rape in the eye of the law. In a landmark decision that advocates say has been long overdue, the FBI has changed its definition of rape to include males.
“This long-awaited change to the definition of rape is a victory for women and men across the country whose suffering has gone unaccounted for over 80 years,” said Vice President Joseph Biden in a statement Thursday.
The new definition, as it appears on the FBI website, 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.”
Another important change: the removal of the word ‘forcibly’ from the bureau’s definition, which had been in place since 1927.
Advocates for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence long decried the old standard as exclusionary and limited by its definition of “carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.”
District attorneys will now have clearer avenues to prosecute those accused with forcing anal sex and/or oral sex upon another person or rape with an object.
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