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The Washington Post | House Republicans haven't succeeded at redefining rape. But state legislatures have.

(08/21/2012) Researchers at AEquitas, a nonprofit that provides prosecutors with resources on violence against women, recently did a survey looking at rape in the legal system. They saw the “definition of force is broadening beyond overt physical force alone” and “a growing understanding that unwanted and un-consented to bodily invasion is the core wrong that sex crimes must address.”

“The research we did saw that the law became more expansive,” says AEquitas staff attorney Charlie Whitman. “Over the years, it’s become much more expansive to cover different circumstances.”

Some changes took longer than others: according to the AEquitas report, it was not until July 1993 that all states allowed the rape or sexual assault of a spouse to be treated as a crime.

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