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Animal cruelty to be ‘A’ felony

Karla Rendon Editorial Director The FBI will increase the consequences of violent crimes against animals by reclassifying such crimes as  Group A felonies, FBI officials announced last month. This means that animal abuse will be considered a serious crime against society and stricter penalties will be enforced. The four categories for animal cruelty are simple or gross neglect, intentional abuse... 

Rape definition update is progress

Ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation proposed to change its definition of “rape” in 2011, removing the word “forcible” and making it inclusive to all genders, the number of reported rapes has increased. This change forces us to reevaluate what society, especially victims, define as rape. The current definition of rape under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report is “Penetration, no matter... 
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