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Bloomberg | FBI Rape Definition for Crime Data Needs Broadening, Panel Says

(10/20/2011) There were an estimated 4,767 forcible rapes reported to law enforcement in 2010, down 5 percent from the year before, according to the FBI. Eighty percent of law enforcement leaders surveyed in August by the Police Executive Research Forum, a membership group, said the current definition is inadequate.

“It gives a very skewed picture of sexual assault in this country and, as a result, the public may not recognize the true incidence of sexual assault,” said Jennifer Gentile Long, director of AEquitas, a Washington-based non-profit organization that provides prosecutors with training on cases involving violence against women.

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