Marital Rape Often Not Treated Like “Normal” Rape

“Marital privilege” sounds more pleasant than what it actually refers to: exemptions written into state laws that treat marital rape differently than the rape of someone other than the perpetrator’s spouse. And while RAINN notes that marital rape has technically been illegal in all 50 states and DC since 1993, these marital privilege clauses still remain on the books in certain states, leading to different standards that critics say minimize victims in this category, as laid out in a Daily Beast report. The website points to a2014 AEquitas report that indicates eight states (Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Washington) still contain marital exemptions for certain offenses—and that doesn’t even take into account states that don’t have such explicit exemptions but still treat marital rape differently in the way it’s prosecuted. Read more on Newser…