When compared to FBI data collected using the legacy definition, use of the revised federal rape definition increased the number of crime reports included as rape by 41.7%. The legacy statute had excluded every documented report of object rape and nonconsensual sodomy, as well as all rape reports from male victims (Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation 2013). While important symbolically federal rape definitions reform has had little effect on the majority of rape cases as most are subject to state laws, many of which still include sexist, exclusionary requirements for victims similar to those included in the federally retired legacy definition. By comparing rape data following state rape legislation reform, this thesis aims to determine if victim-negative requirements in state law similarly decrease the percentage of reports classified as rape by state officials. Ultimately, this analysis suggests that the efficacy of institutional response to rape crimes is diminished when state officials fail to prioritize legislation providing victims services or create more comprehensive, nonprejudicial definitions of rape.