Marital rape – a complete betrayal

November 26, 2010 at 7:32 am 4 comments

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.”

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Teeth Maestro  |  November 26, 2010 at 11:32 am

    im just flabbergasted as to the various forms of injustices to women – thank you Takebackthetech team for highlighting these issues

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  • 3. Aerin  |  November 29, 2010 at 8:56 am

    As a US survivor of marital rape, I can’t thank you enough for posting this… it is such a devastating form of rape / sexual abuse and rarely talked about. It is so hard to describe the heartache to friends and family… the poster says it all. I wish we lived in a world where such things didn’t happen. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • 4. Citizen X  |  December 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Sorry if I sound ignorant of this issue, but how does it become rape, isn’t sex an integral part of the marriage contract?


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