Although legal definitions vary, researchers generally define marital rape (MR) as unwanted anal, oral, or vaginal sexual intercourse with a spouse or ex-spouse that is committed without the other spouse's consent and obtained through force, threat of force, intimidation, or when a person is unable to consent. Research shows that 10% to 14% of all married women are raped by a spouse during their lifetimes. Further, research demonstrates that 30% to 60% of married women report experiencing nonphysical sexual coercion (e.g., use of verbal pressure or authority to obtain sexual intercourse) from husbands. Despite the high rates of MR, many people hold the belief that it is not possible for a husband to rape his wife and that forced sexual intercourse among spouses is not ...

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