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NCJ Number: 97312 Find in a Library
Title: Marital Rape (From Rape and Sexual Assault, P 146-158, 1985, Ann W Burgess, ed. - See NCJ-97300)
Author(s): K Yllo; D Finkelhor
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This overview of research on marital rape considers the definition of marital rape, its incidence, how and why it happens, its effects on the victims, and why it is still legal in the United States.
Abstract: Marital rape is estimated to affect between 3 percent and 14 percent of married women, with much higher rates among battered women. Wife beating does not always accompany this type of rape, however. The three types of marital rape described by Finkelhor and Yllo (1983) are battering rape; forced sex without battering; and obsessive rapes, which involve bizarre sexual obsessions. Groth focuses on motivations and describes power rapes, anger rapes, and sadistic rapes. Russell has developed a five-point continum which ranks husbands in terms of their attitudes and behavior. Marital rape victims experience trauma which is both similar to and different from that experienced by victims of rapes by strangers. The violence, loss of control, and betrayal of trust are the most significant features to any rape victim. Women raped by their husbands are often traumatized at the most basic level, which concerns trust, and experience the greatest long-term impacts of all types of rape victims. The majority of state rape laws contain a spousal exemption. States where marital rape is a crime have not had the flood of unjustified complaints predicted by the opponents of such laws. As long as marital rape is legal, our society condones it. Sixteen references are listed.
Index Term(s): Rapists; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims; Spousal Rape; State laws
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