marital rape


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marital rape

Etymology: L, rapere, to seize
forcible sexual intercourse with a spouse.

marital rape

Forced or unwanted intercourse within a marriage, typically by the husband.

marital rape

Forcible sexual assault by a spouse at a time when the sexual encounter was neither solicited nor welcome.
See also: rape
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Legalization of marital rape in Nigeria: a gross violation of women's health and reproductive rights.
10) However, the progress that society, state legislatures, and the judicial system have made regarding domestic violence should serve as a model for marital rape law.
It was not until the last half of the twentieth century that marital rape was even recognized as a legal problem.
Until 1993, a husband could rape his wife anytime he wanted because it was not a crime, but although it is nearly 13 years ago since the law changed only one case of marital rape has come to court.
These reforms are: (1) the partial abolition of the marital rape exemption; and (2) the increased emphasis on the nonconsent of the victim, rather than the use of force by the attacker, in defining rape.
Marital rape is just one example of sexual assault within marriage.
A spokeswoman said: ``Carol is not a murderer but a woman who,having survived years of child sexual abuse,domestic violence and marital rape, acted out of fear and desperation when her husband threatened to tie her up and rape her again.
Having made this connection with patriarchy, it is easy to see how marital rape and spousal abuse could go unrecognized as such for so long.
The poems are disturbing enough in themselves, but with Turnage's keening, sometimes screaming timbres illuminating this doubly disturbing scenario of abuse, marital rape and faceless injustice, the emotional impact of the lengthy piece was draining indeed.
Domestic violence and marital rape [are] constant[s] and they have the highest rate for AIDS.
a) Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation, and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation;
For the first time in the country's history, gender activists from developed countries have sponsored the launch of a nationwide campaign for marital rape to be legislated against.