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FBI To Redefine Rape

As detailed here on the FBI’s advisory policy board website, the advisory branch of the FBI is convening to vote on the current definition of rape, which is “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will” (as you might imagine, this is entirely too vague and thus inadequate). The new definition is to be: “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.” To be honest, when I first saw it, I thought, that’s a terrible definition, it’s totally vague, and not all rape involves penetration, though I guess the new law at least covers consent. And then I saw the prior definition, which certainly exceeds this definition in terribleness. I mean, how do you prove that “carnal knowledge” has occurred? Continue Reading →