What is marital rape?

Marital rape is when consent is not given between spouses or partners. This is a form of intimate partner violence which is a broad term regarding any sexual, emotional or physical violence between a current or former partner or spouse. Marital rape is illegal in South Carolina. Survivors of martial rape face a higher likelihood of repeated assaults as well as pressure to stay with their assailant. According to RAINN, assailants often use oral and anal rape to humiliate their partner in an attempt to gain complete control.  Furthermore, children in the home often see the sexual abuse and are traumatized as well.

For more information on marital rape, click here to view a STSM blog post on martial rape.

If you or someone you know is a victim of marital rape, contact STSM at (803) 790-8208 or our 24 hour crisis hotline at (803) 771-7273.