Imagine being forced to engage in sexual acts against your will by the very person who professed to be your “soulmate”. Furthermore, the resulting consequence ends up with you being impregnated by the antagonist!! How would you feel? What would you do? Who could you turn to? There are millions of women who’ve experienced just such a nightmare scenario committed by men that pledged to ” love, honor, protect, and respect ” them in the initial stages of a fledgling relationship only to transform into a raging deviant once he believes he has convincingly pulled her into his web of unobstructed control. Federal and local law is clear when it comes to defining rape and/ or sexual assault perpetrated against victims and assailants unknown to one another, but what exactly does the law say when the parties are involved in an intimate relationship? According to national and state analyses, at least 1 in 7 women have been subject to some form of marital rape (http://ncmdr.org/state_law_chart.html). Since July 1993, all 50 states have some provision in which to charge a husband with this crime yet amazingly, there are still some 8 states that allow exemptions to this law in certain instances.
These are very tumultuous times for the victim and grow exponentially worse when a pregnancy results from this savage act. Due to the fact that there is very little to virtually no prosecution in these matters, the victim will almost certainly remain extremely fearful of repercussion from this miscreant. It has been estimated that up to 70% of marital rapes go unreported by women for various reasons (http://healthresearchfunding.org/21-spousal-rape-statistics/).
When you factor in a society governed by patriarchal laws and add to it misconstrued religious dogma, is it any wonder why women in today’s society still feel disenfranchised? Despite gains made by women over the centuries to obtain equal rights, there remains much to overcome – especially if you consider that the women we speak of are mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and daughters of someone. It is shocking to believe that even though we are living in the 21st century, such draconian views towards women are still acceptable in a so- called “advanced” society.
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