End the marital rape loophole

End the marital rape loophole

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In the 17th century, an english jurist ruled it impossible for rape to exist within marriage. Why? Because, in his opinion, wedding vows implied a wife’s ongoing consent to sex.

Now, there is renewed attention on the laws that protect spouses from being convicted of rape.

Minnesota is the latest state to eliminate the exemption on rapes that occur when a partner is unconscious or otherwise incapacitated.

Ohio is planning to re-introduce a marital rape bill — and it has to be passed.

Technically, marital rape is illegal in all 50 states. However, there are loopholes and sub-statutes that prosecutors use to get their clients less jail time.

Until the Minnesota law was passed, a person could not be prosecuted if they are in a “voluntary sexual relationship” with the person they raped.

One woman in Minnesota found videos of her husband raping her after they divorced. He was only charged with invasion of privacy because of the loophole. He served less than 30 days.

This has to stop. Ohio might be considering a bill to end this — and pressure must be put on lawmakers to end it. This could spread to other states, and it will with your pressure. Sign and share this petition now.

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