There are a couple of positive signs regarding the up-dating of the FBI’s definition of forcible rape. Some actually affect how the rape of TG people or male people is handled. In years past rape of male bodied people was defined as sexual assault and police would try to label vaginal rape of post-SRS women the same way.
I’ve never understood the focus on the vagina in rape. To me forced oral copulation or anal penetration is rape. Rape if anything is the forced, or coerced non-consensual penetration of another persons body with penis or object used as a substitute for a penis.
From Ms. Magazine: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/01/06/finally-finally-fbis-forcible-rape-definition-is-officially-history/
Finally, Finally! FBI’s “Forcible Rape” Definition Is Officially History
by Annie Shields
January 6, 2012
Last month we were reported that victory was in sight in our months-long Rape is Rape campaign. At a December Senate hearing, FBI Director Robert Mueller let slip that “sometime this spring” the agency would update its archaic definition of “forcible rape.”
Mueller’s prediction gave us reason for optimism, but an official announcement today from the Obama administration gave us reason to celebrate!
The AP reports:
In a press briefing, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett called the change a “very, very important step” because it counts men and because it includes rapes of women other than by physical force.
In the FBI’s official statement, CJIS Assistant Director David Cuthbertson says that the update ensures that “the number of victims of this heinous crime will be more accurately reflected in national crime statistics.”
“This is a major policy change and will dramatically impact the way rape is tracked and reported nationwide,” says Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. “With a modern, broader definition, FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics will finally show the true breadth of this violence that affects so many women’s lives.”
Complete article at: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/01/06/finally-finally-fbis-forcible-rape-definition-is-officially-history/
From The Advocate: http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2012/01/06/FBI_Changes_Its_Definition_of_Rape_to_Include_Male_Victims/
FBI Changes Its Definition of Rape to Include Male Victims
January 6, 2012
The FBI recently changed its longstanding policy that only recognized rape as a crime affecting women, a change that will bring more accurate counts of male rape and provide better resources to victims.
In their crime reports and tallys, the FBI will now include men among rape victims. Their new provision describes rape as any kind of forced penetration against a person. Along with advocates for sexual crime victims, vice president Joseph Biden pushed for the change. He said that the new policy will reverse 80 years of not accounting for male rape victims.
The change has practical merit as well as symbolic — millions in federal aid goes to sexual abuse victims and the new accounting for male rape will help assist those victims.
Complete article at: http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2012/01/06/FBI_Changes_Its_Definition_of_Rape_to_Include_Male_Victims/