|Shannon s johnson |
|summer 2008 |
|"When she says NO, it's rape... even when she's married to him" |
|Sexual assault in marriage |
Rape of a person’s spouse is called marital rape or spousal rape. Wife Rape is the term used to describe sexual acts committed without a person's consent and/or against a person's will by a woman's husband or ex husband. Sexual acts may be committed through physical force, threats of force against her or a third person, or implied harm based on prior assaults causing the woman to fear that physical force will be used if she resists. When a woman submits to sexual acts out of fear or coercion, it is rape. A wife does not need to be "putting up a good fight" for it to be rape. Some women have been hurt in the past for not cooperating with their husbands (Frieze,...