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Would your rape count?This is far more than an issue of semantics since resources are greatly tied to the amount of rape cases the FBI reports and mis-classifying crimes makes it seem like the issue isn't as prevalent as it truly is. So, if you've been raped, work with rape victims, or even know anyone whose been raped and would like to share your story then you can do so here. You can also sign a petition to change the FBI's definition of rape here.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of rapes occur in the U.S. that are never counted by the FBI's yearly crime report. There are many reasons rapes go uncounted. Sometimes survivors are actively discouraged from reporting--even by authorities who should know better, such as police or college administrators. Some cases are excluded by the FBI's narrow definition of rape which doesn't include male victims, rape with an object, anal or oral rape. Furthermore, some police departments interpret the FBI's definition to exclude rape involving drugs and alcohol.
We're gathering and publishing personal stories of rape to show how much more pervasive rape is in our culture than crime statistics suggest. We want to showcase diverse stories to show that all rape is rape--from stranger rape to date rape--no matter what the circumstances. Please only submit a rape testimony if you feel comfortable sharing it. We will only publish your story with your consent, and can keep your story anonymous if you prefer.