Change in FBI definition of 'rape' contributes to significant increase in 2013 Colorado statistics

DENVER - Changes in the FBI's definition of "rape" contributed to a 41.3 percent increase in the number reported by Colorado for the annual Uniform Crime Report.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation aggregates the data from 249 local law enforcement agencies in the state. Overall, it found a 1.8 percent increase in crime throughout the state.

Robbery, aggravated assaults and burglaries were all down during 2013, while violent crimes were up 2.1 percent and property crimes were up 1.3 percent.

The largest year-to-year change, by far, was in the category of rape. It was the only category to post a double-digit increase, but the 43.1 percent growth the product of a change in the crimes counted.

Prior to 2013, the FBI's report counted "forcible rapes." But the word "forcible" was removed last year and the definition was expanded. The new definition includes: "penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim."

Colorado reported 2,055 rapes under the old definition during 2012. With the new definition, Colorado reported 2,903 during 2013.

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