January 6th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

Rape definition broadened to include men

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is expanding its decades-old definition of rape to include attacks against men.

Now, any kind of non-consensual penetration, no matter the gender of the attacker or victim, will constitute rape.

The crime of rape will now be defined as "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," the Justice Department said.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the new definition will lead to a more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape nationwide.

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  1. Philip

    @saywhat...wow. That's the first thing you ever told me about yourself. 🙂 Now I have an image. But by now I hardly need it what with how many hundreds of your posts I've read. 🙂 Anyway...today was a huge victory for boys. Yay BOY'S. You kids who are enduring this...hang on. Justice is slow but we are on our way.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    @Philip your posts sound better and more hopeful. Maybe it was your posts that prompted this? Just sayin'.

    January 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ma & pa

    @Philip...we say we do our own thinking. Your comments say what we think better than we could have written. Yeaaaaaaa. Maybe this legislation will bring help to our poor little children of all ages.

    January 7, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
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