• Petitioning North Carolina General Assembly

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North Carolina General Assembly: Change the outdated definition of "rape" in state laws!

    1. Anthony Jonesco
    2. Petition by

      Anthony Jonesco

      Belmont, NC

Under current North Carolina law, the definition of "rape" is extremely narrow. It only includes those who engage in "vaginal intercourse" with another person by force and against the will of the other person and "employs or displays a dangerous or deadly weapon".

This outdated definition fails to cover many types of sexual violence that should fall under the category of "rape". It excludes rapes involving forced anal sex and/or oral sex, vaginal or anal fisting, rape with an object (even if serious injuries result), rapes of men and transgender people and other injurious and degrading sexual assaults.

As well, because the definition requires a deadly weapon, this excludes those who were intimidated or coerced in to engaging in sexual activity and those who were otherwise unable to give consent, such as by being unconscious or under the influence of alcohol.

In January 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Federal Bureau of Investigation expanded the definition of rape to "the 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".

We ask the North Carolina General Assembly to follow in their footsteps and expand the legal definition of "rape".

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Verla Insko responds:

      Verla Insko

      Thank you for the very helpful information. I’ll share it with my colleagues in the NC House; I know some will be interested.

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brandie Davies MECHANICSBURG, PA
      • 27 days ago

      The fact that rape needs to be defined is disgusting! Rape is Rape, it doesn't need loopholes in favor of the rapist. "deadly weapon," are you kidding me?

    • Daniela Bonatti NEWMARKET, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      all forms of rape should be illegal

    • James Capps CLEMMONS, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      My girlfriend has been victimized and this current definition makes it so that justice cannot be achieved properly

    • Kelli Hampshire DANVILLE, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      The people of North Carolina should be able to feel the same security most of the civilized world considers proper.

    • Arianna Chaco MURRIETA, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Rape is Rape. It is sexual advance without consent. It doesn't matter who, where, with what, or how. Rape is Rape.


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