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Is Marital Rape a Crime in America or Is It a Muslim Religious Right?
by Phyllis Chesler
This week, I wrote about a recent New Jersey appellate decision which reversed a lower court ruling which had refused to grant a battered and maritally raped woman a "final restraining order." This kind of decision — and worse — is made every day in the American court system, and it exposes battered women and abused children to horrific suffering, terrible danger, even death.
On Tuesday, I focused on the main thrust of the decision, which was about granting a restraining order in a case in which domestic violence had occurred — violence which included but was not limited to criminal sexual violence.
That was Tuesday.
On Wednesday, I want to look at the issue of marital rape and of rape in general. We presumably live in a world of "he-said-she-said," a world in which women sometimes lie about being raped (or battered) — but a world in which rape is beyond epidemic, is still rarely prosecuted, and in which most rapists are never brought to justice.
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