Marital rape: A student assessment of rape laws and the marital exemption.
Opinions on marital rape and rape in other victim-offender relationships are examined in this study. A survey was given to undergraduate students in which participants evaluated various hypothetical situations to determine what constitutes the crime of rape and what factors should be considered when sentencing for this crime. Among the student population surveyed, findings suggest that there are still people who believe it is acceptable to rape one's wife, with significant differences found by gender. Finally, when compared to other victim-offender relationships, rape in the marital relationship was considered to be the least serious.
Kirkwood, M. K. & Cecil, D. K. (2001). Marital rape: A student assessment of rape laws and the marital exemption. Violence against women: An international and interdisciplinary journal, 7(11), 1234-1253.
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