My husband talks dirty to me and grabs at my breasts. I have repeatedly asked him to stop, but he doesn't listen and continues to do it. We have two small kids at home, and by the time they go to bed, I couldn't care less about being intimate. His behavior disgusts me, and to be honest, I don't want to have sex with him.
Marital Rape Laws
Sexual Violence Laws in the Domestic Space | Safecity
By Monica Steiner , Contributing Author. Rape—any nonconsensual sexual intercourse— between non-spouses has always been illegal. To learn about related crimes, such as assault and battery, see Assault and Battery. For an in-depth look at the origins of the marital rape exemption, see The History of Marital Rape. Since , all 50 states and DC have enacted laws against marital rape. The only marital exemption that still exists in some states is for statutory rape.
Sexual Violence Laws in the Domestic Space
Sexual violence most often is perpetrated by someone a survivor knows, and this includes intimate partner relationships. There are many different terms to refer to sexual violence that occurs within intimate partnerships, including: intimate partner sexual violence, domestic violence, intimate partner rape, marital rape, and spousal rape. Intimate partner sexual violence can occur in all types of intimate relationships regardless of gender identities or sexual orientation. Intimate partner sexual violence is not defined by gender or sexuality, but by abusive behavior.
Marital rape or spousal rape is the act of sexual intercourse with one's spouse without the spouse's consent. The lack of consent is the essential element and need not involve physical violence. Marital rape is considered a form of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Although, historically, sexual intercourse within marriage was regarded as a right of spouses, engaging in the act without the spouse's consent is now widely classified as rape by many societies around the world, repudiated by international conventions, and increasingly criminalized. The issues of sexual and domestic violence within marriage and the family unit, and more specifically, the issue of violence against women , have come to growing international attention from the second half of the 20th century.