Today I shocked my students by telling them that marital rape was legal throughout America until 1975.
“Marital rape in United States law, also known as spousal rape, is non-consensual sex in which the perpetrator is the victim’s spouse. It is a form of partner rape, of domestic violence, and of sexual abuse. Today, marital rape is illegal in all 50 US states, though the details of the offence vary by state.
Nebraska was the first state to outlaw marital rape, in 1975.”