Marital rape – a complete betrayal
When people think of rape, they usually visualize a stranger violating a woman (or a man or a child) but very often the perpetrator is not a stranger. Sometimes it is someone the rape victim/survivor knows; some relative, a servant, someone they are dating, someone they are working with or going to school with. In any of these cases, it is a brutal violation of a human being and is a serious offence.
However, the violation that gets sidelined and is very often not even considered rape at all is marital rape. It appears that the man considers it his right to violate a woman any time he wants as if he owns her – he feels he has the license to, and more often than not, so does society.
Marital rape cuts a woman to the core and, as Rabeea Arif points out in this poster, “When it is the person you have entrusted your life to who rapes you, it isn’t just physical or sexual assault, it is a betrayal of the very core of your marriage, of your person, of your trust.”