Marital rape

Definition: Marital rape is any unwanted sexual acts by a spouse or ex-spouse, committed without consent and/or against a person’s will, obtained by force, or threat of force, intimidation, or when a person is unable to consent. These sexual acts include intercourse, anal or oral sex, forced sexual behavior with other individuals, and other sexual activities that are considered by the victim as degrading, humiliating, painful, and unwanted. What is Marital Rape?  Marital rape occurs when your spouse forces you to take part in certain sex acts without your consent. It is a form of intimate partner violence, i.e., an abuse of power by which one spouse attempts to establish dominance and control over the other. Research shows that it can be equally, if not more, emotionally and physically traumatizing than rape by a stranger.  While every state has its own laws on the subject, broadly defined, marital rape includes “any unwanted intercourse or penetration (vaginal, anal, or oral) obtained by force, threat of force, or when the wife is unable to consent.” If you have experienced rape by your spouse, you have the right to make a police report. Know that you are not alone and can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE for help at any hour of the day. You can also visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. Types of Marital Rape Force-Only Rape – Partners use only the amount of force necessary to coerce their spouses. Battering may not be characteristic of these relationships. Battering Rape – Partners rape and batter their spouses. The battering may happen concurrently, before or after the sexual assault. Obsessive Rape – Partners use torture or perverse sexual acts against their spouses. They are willing to use force to carry these activities out. Source: License to Rape: Sexual Abuse of Wives by D. Finklehor & K.


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