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spousal rape

Definition of spousal rape

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Spousal rape is non-consensual sexual assault in which the perpetrator is the victim's spouse or partner.

Spousal rape is also called partner rape, marital rape, wife rape, husband rape but more increasingly termed by professionals as intimate partner sexual assault (IPSA) or "intimate partner sexual violence" (IPSV) It is a crime in most parts of the Western world.

In 2006, it was estimated that spousal rape could be prosecuted in at least 104 States (in 4 of these countries, marital rape could be prosecuted only when the spouses were judicially separated).

In many countries it is not clear if spousal rape may or may not be prosecuted under ordinary rape laws.

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