Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Revisions To The Uniform Crime Report’s Definition Of Rape

“I applaud Attorney General Holder, Director Mueller, and the Department of Justice for taking steps to ensure that sexual violence and rape are accurately, and fully, reported.  All victims of these horrendous crimes deserve justice and should have access to the comprehensive services that will help them rebuild their lives.  This updated, more inclusive, definition will bring added emphasis to sexual assault, which often goes unreported, and as a result, unprosecuted. 

“The bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which I introduced in November, also provides an increased emphasis on efforts to stop sexual assault.  I believe this new definition of rape in the Uniform Crime Report will help bring perpetrators of these crimes to justice.”

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