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Marital Rape Often Not Treated Like 'Normal' Rape

Several states still prosecute sex crimes differently for married couples

(Newser) - "Marital privilege" sounds more pleasant than what it actually refers to: exemptions written into state laws that treat marital rape differently than the rape of someone other than the perpetrator's spouse. And while RAINN notes that marital rape has technically been illegal in all 50 states and DC... More »

Man Accused of Raping Wife 49 Years Ago Faces Trial

Marital rape wasn't legal in 1963, Australia's highest court decides

(Newser) - Australia's highest court has decided that an elderly man should stand trial for allegedly raping his then-wife nearly 50 years ago. Lawyers for the man, who is now 81, unsuccessfully argued that marital rape was legal at the time of the alleged offense in 1963, saying that at the... More »

Afghan Prez Confirms Re-Election Bid

Karzai promises to amend controversial 'marital rape' law

(Newser) - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has confirmed for the first time that he will run for re-election in the country's elections this summer, the Times of London reports. Karzai repeated his pledge to amend a controversial law critics say condones marital rape and child marriage, surprising observers who believed he would... More »

Afghanistan Changing 'Legalized Rape' Law

Afghan prez says he hadn't been aware law was on the books

(Newser) - Afghanistan will revise a law that critics say legalizes marital rape, President Hamid Karzai tells CNN. Karzai said he was unaware of the provision, part of a 270-page piece of legislation covering the country's 6 million Shiite Muslims. "Now I have instructed, in consultation with clergy of the country,... More »

Crowd Attacks Afghan Women Protesting New Marriage Laws

(Newser) - A group of some 1000 Afghans today swarmed a demonstration of 300 women in Kabul protesting a new conservative marriage law. The women were pelted with small stones as police struggled to keep the two groups apart. The law, passed last month, says a husband can demand sex from his... More »

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