An Anus is Not a Rectum

10/23/2009 3:35 PM |

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rectum (n.)
the final section of the large intestine, terminating at the anus.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from Latin rectum (intestinum) ‘straight (intestine).’

anus (n.)
the opening at the end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin, originally ‘a ring.’

Governor Paterson (hey, he’s still governor?) has signed a bill that brings the laws governing aggravated sexual abuse into line with those governing criminal sexual abuse. The former used the word “rectum” when discussing penetration with “foreign objects,” while the latter had changed it to “anus.” Both now read “anus.”

“In order to prove the commission of the crime of aggravated sexual abuse, victims, including child victims, have had to give detailed testimony in court as to the depth of penetration; the rectum being more internal. This was not the intent of the law,” the bill reads. “Cases have been dismissed and defendants have been found innocent because prosecutors have not been able to prove that a foreign object or finger was inserted, for other than a valid medical purpose, into the rectum because the anus is the place of insertion. By adding the word ‘anus’ to the statute, the statute will operate as it was intended.”

This is obviously a very serious issue—and shouldn’t be made the butt of any jokes.

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