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Reports of Rape Cases Could Increase

Revised Rape Definition Announced for Uniform Crime Reporting Program

Washington D.C.- Attorney General Holder announced a revised definition of rape within the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program that was recommended by the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division's Advisory Policy Board. The new and broader definition will allow law enforcement agencies to report more complete rape offense data throughout the UCR program to ensure all victims of this crime can be accounted for.

CJIS Assistant Director David Cuthbertson said that the new definition--which was approved by FBI Director Robert Mueller--"reflects the vast majority of state rape statutes," and that the FBI "is confident that the number of victims of this heinous crime will be more accurately reflected in national crime statistics." 

As a result of the revised definition, the FBI expects to see an increase in reported rape offense data once the law enforcement community makes the necessary reporting changes to collect revised rape statistics. Full implementation of this change in reporting will occur as law enforcement resources allow.

The CJIS Advisory Policy Board, made up of executives from all facets of law enforcement, is responsible for reviewing appropriate policy, technical, and operational issues related to CJIS programs and for making appropriate recommendations to the FBI Director.

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