08 Jan '12, 2am

US redefines rape to include more victims, counting men as victims for the first time

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it is expanding the FBI's more than eight-decade-old definition of rape to reflect a better understanding of the crime and to broaden protections. The new definition counts men as victims for the first time and drops the requirement that victims must have physically resisted their attackers. Vice-President Joe Biden, author of the Violence Against Women Act when he was in the Senate, said the new definition announced on Friday is a victory for women and men 'whose suffering has gone unaccounted for over 80 years.' Calling rape a 'devastating crime,' the vice-president said, 'We can't solve it unless we know the full extent of it.' The change will increase the number of people counted as rape victims in FBI statistics but will not change federal or state laws or alter charges or prosecutions. It's an important shift because la...

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