By writer Katy Khaos

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. So, I thought I would throw some awareness your way. Did you know up until 2013, the FBI defined rape as only pertaining to a female?

For decades, an entire gender has been excluded from the formal definition of sexual violence. From 1927-2013, the definition was, “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” The FBI changed it two years ago to only focus on penetration, with no mention of gender boundaries. Data has yet to be be calculated and reported under the new definition.

The FBI’s new definition is still not entirely fair and equitable among the genders though, since there is no mention of “envelopment.” Penetration implies penis, which implies that men are always the aggressor. Based on statistics derived from a discriminatory definition, females were the large majority of the reported rape victims. However, the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey included a new, CDC approved category of sexual violence called, “being made to penetrate.” This definition includes victims who were forced to penetrate someone else with their own body parts, either by physical force or coercion, or when the victim was drunk or high or otherwise unable to consent. When those cases were taken into account…READ MORE