Earlier this month, the FBI made big news when it announced that the Uniform Crime Report’s (UCR) definition of rape will be revised to provide more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape in the United States.
The change has been a long time coming. The Women’s Law Project has been working with women’s rights groups around the country for 10 years to get the definition of rape changed.
Why is this change such an important development?
Last week, I wrote about reproductive coercion and the impact it has on women’s health. I mentioned that knowing about this issue can change the way we approach STD and pregnancy prevention work. As promised, here’s a follow-up article about Project Connect: A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Project Connect has lots of moving parts and I think all of them are terribly exciting. For me, the most wonderful thing about this project is the way it approaches domestic and sexual violence as reproductive health issues. The best way to explain what I mean is to give you a couple of scenarios. Continue reading