Marital Rape

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Introduction According to the Webster’s online dictionary rape can be defined as, “The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse (Merriam Webster 2011).” With reference to marital rape this same concept is applied, except the conditions exist now within the commitment of a marital bond. Many persons feel as if, because a couple has made such a commitment to each other then, it is impossible for rape to exist within a marriage. The question arises, is there really such a thing as rape within the marriage? We feel as though it is in fact possible for one to be raped within this context, and throughout this document we will attempt to discuss the law as it presently stands…show more content…
However, the penalty for raping your spouse is typically more lenient than for raping a stranger, but it is still considered rape. Within the region, Jamaica is the only other country that has already passed a marital rape law. In Jamaica, A Sexual Offences Bill, which reforms and amalgamates various laws relating to rape, incest and other sexual offences, was finally passed in the House of Representatives on March 31, 2009 (Anderson 2009). The Bill also provides a statutory definition of rape, as well as provisions relating to marital rape, specifying the circumstances in which such rape may be committed. Although only Jamaica has passed the law, other countries for instance Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados have been considering such similar laws. Views Relating to Marital Rape Issue The proposed marital rape bill has already caused numerous debates on radio talk shows, with some islanders saying women could file false rape charges as leverage for alimony, child support or custody. Others have said the bill contradicts traditional Christian values. But this isn’t just about rape. It’s about how men and society treat women. The fact is, that there are people who say that a man cannot rape his wife because even if he forces her to have sex, he owns her shows that there is a giant problem with women’s rights. Of course, much violence has been visited upon women in the name of Christianity; and none has been more insidious than marital rape sanctioned by the
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