Sexual Assault

The Uniform Crime Report Change in Definition of Rape: Updates and New Developments

MNCASA’s Sexual Violence Justice Institute is offering a webinar, The Uniform Crime report Change in Definition of Rape: Updates and New Developments. It will be held January 13th from 12-1:30 pm CT. You can register for the session here.

From the announcement:

As of January 1, 2013, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report is collecting sexual assault data from law enforcement agencies throughout the country using a new definition for rape. This new development begins a process of phasing out a near century old practice of capturing in data only those sexual assaults that fit a narrow definition referred to as “forcible rape.”

What implications does this have for our work as SART team leaders, advocates, officers, prosecutors and other professionals working on sexual assault cases? This presentation will bring sexual assault teams and their member agencies up to date on how this change came about and why it’s significant. Presenters will share information about how this change is being implemented and what supports are available. In addition, presenters will share examples of promising practices for sexual assault investigations and discuss the relationship between how we capture and code sexual assault and our effectiveness and impact.