Marital Rape

It was not until as late as 1993 that martial rape was considered a crime in every state. It was a popularly held view that “real rape” could only be committed by strangers and that forced sex within a marriage was just “wifely duty”.tumblr_mldhmmgkDU1r65rllo1_500 However, marital rape is a very serious form of violence that can be just as physically and emotionally devastating as any other form of sexual assault, maybe even more so, as the act is perpetrated by the one whom you trust the most. Often, marital rape is used repetitively as a form of power and control among other acts of intimate partner violence. Remember, if your spouse has forced or threatened you to have sex, you have every right to report it to the police or to call our hotline for help!

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