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. Bill

    Hey, won't this be fun...a whole lot of guys now will be able to play that bogus little "get even game" too!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Long overdue...since it's been happening all along anyway...

    Now puhleez don't start advocating animals to be included...my head will explode, I swear.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. rooney

    I didn't know that the Justice Department's definition didn't include men. And they are just changing it now!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzy

    Ya I believe EVERY word you say banasy

    January 6, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    KMA, Jazzy.
    It *is* long overdue.
    Just because I don't write long-out clorful descriptions of it doesn't mean I thought it was right.

    January 6, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©


    January 6, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzy

    Now that's the 'lady' we all know! 😉

    January 6, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    I've known for decades that men who raype just boys, never girls, are gay. It's nice to see the rest of you finally catching-up to reality.

    January 6, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. sarah S

    good. this should have been done long ago.

    January 6, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    I remember the first time I posted that priest's lust for boys just as some old men lust for girls...the replies I recieved were, well, negative to say the least. Like i doubt Mrs. Sandusky wants everyone thinking her husband is gay. (bi) And yes, I would like the definition broadened to include the raypeing of animals.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    It says nothing about being gay. It only says that it is changing the terminology of what the word "raype" means, in terms of charging someone.
    Rightfully so.
    Being gay has nothing to do with raype, as everyone knows.
    It's a power play, as everyone knows.

    Don't be petty, Jazzy.
    Unless, of course, that's what you are.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzy

    So these men who raype only boys, will they have s e x with women? Yes if they're BI if not then the question remains!

    January 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©


    And my head is not going to explode, but I am going to go crack up for a while because of the predictability of the turn one's stories is going to take now.
    This thread is all yous for the Penthousing, sport.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Portland tony

    Although it may be possible, I find find it very very "hard" to believe a woman could forcefully be penetrated a man sans foreign object.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      TYPO. ...could forcefully penetrate ...

      January 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzy

    Have you taken your MEDS yet today banasy? doesn't sound like it! 😉

    January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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