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. Scottish Mama

    I see the gangs all here.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Here's the recipe you asked for.

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

    Hi, Scottish Mama.

    Have fun with this one...I've said what I've had to say.

    This *is* long overdue.
    Congratulations to all the men who will now be able to come forward and prosecute their rapists.

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

    I remember that conversation, too, and you're doing it again.
    Not all priests are rapists.
    Just as all men aren't.
    Check your wording.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    It might be wise for us to focus on this issue rather than on each other. Defining a man who molests a boy as a raypist is a breakthrough. Formerly, these men were just viewed as men who need help. Now we know that they are common criminals and no matter what organization they hide in they are not going to enjoy being above the law any longer. I say the Justice Department should also review older cases and where possible bring convicted child molesters up on new charges, statutory raype. Tack-on another 20 years. These men are criminals, not merely sinners who need forgiven.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    (here's what I felt when I first read this headline) Yeeeeeeeee Hawwwwwwww! WoooooooooooHooooooo! FINALLY! for over 30 yrs. I've been waiting for the Justice Department to pull their head out of their ass on this matter. It IS a crime involving old gay dudes raypeing boys. STATUTORY Raype you old gay bassterds. See ya in 20 years. And no butt hunching on the younger inmates while you are in prison either. You WILL be rehabilitated or you can just stay there and work-off your debt to society.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @ Philip
    What you say makes sense and needs to be taken seriously. No getting away with 'aberration' label anymore.
    Good to see you back on the blog.
    @ banasy
    interesting bit of info.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©


    Philip's been here all along, just not posting under the name 'Philip', as is his right.

    That was srichey's recipe, not mine, and it was a joke, in response to Jazzy's joke to me.

    I read the article on Rick Santorum today; he is truly a scary, scary individual, and who would put this country in dire, dire straits if elected. Good thing he won't be.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      Amen to that @banasy

      January 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @saywhat. Thanks. Finally the Justice Department sees that these are cases involving men lusting to have intercourse with males exclusive of females. (def of 'gay' or 'bi' if the abuser has an enabling wife) Now the Supreme Court needs to redress this issue and base their opinions on something besides Lawrence v Texas. That landmark case didn't involve these men lusting for boys. It only involved men whom lust for other men. And then there's still State Legislatures filled with men who cheat on their wives, gays, and those overly sympathetic with the gay "cause" that need to consider this as well. I'm sure that they will all come around and see it for what it is.(Good to see you too, saywhat. Say. What color is your hair? he he 🙂

    January 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @ Philip
    agree again.
    Not much hair left up there, its grey turning white for all that it matters.
    Take care.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Agree again.

    Not much hair left up there, its grey turning white for all that it is worth.
    Take care.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    This repeat was not intentional.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peaches

    My hair is strawberry blond, what does that say about me?

    January 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bubba


    Get a life

    January 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bi male

    Strawberry blond? What that says is that you are clean shaven, if you know what i mean

    January 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
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