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For UCR reporting purposes, can a male be raped?

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No. The UCR Program defines forcible rape as "The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will" (p. 19). In addition, "By definition, sexual attacks on males are excluded from the rape category and must be classified as assaults or other sex offenses depending on the nature of the crime and the extent of injury" (p. 20). An assault is a Part I offense and would be reported on the Return A form. Sex offenses qualify as Part II offenses and would be reported on the appropriate age, sex, race form (pp. 96 and 142). UCR Handbook

However, in the NIBRS, a sexual assault on a male by a female could be classified as a forcible rape, depending on the nature of the attack and the extent of the injury. For NIBRS reporting purposes, forcible rape is defined as "The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth)" (UCR Handbook, NIBRS edition, 1992, p. 21). UCR Handbook, NIBRS edition.

In the NIBRS, at least one offender must be of a different sex than the victim for the event to be classified as a forcible rape. For example, female can rape a male, or in the case of multiple offenders, a female and male can rape a male. However, a male cannot rape another male, or in the case of multiple offenders, two males cannot rape a male.

The NIBRS provides greater specificity in crime reporting. The UCR Summary reporting system collects most of its crime data in the form of categories. The NIBRS has a greater ability to capture and breakdown data into specific subcategories through the use of revised and new offense definitions.

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