“If a guy can’t rape his wife … who’s he gonna rape?” and “There wouldn’t be an issue with domestic violence if women would learn to keep their mouths shut.” ~ Wayne Anthony Ross, Wonkette.com
"Marital rape is so destructive because it betrays the fundamental basis of the marital relationship, because it questions every understanding you have not only of your partner and the marriage, but of yourself." ~ Hidden Hurt
"A marriage license does not require someone to submit to sexual contact on demand. Everyone has the right to say "no" to any kind of sexual contact. Forced sexual contact within a marriage or relationship is no different than if forced by a stranger."
Source: Lake County Crisis Center
"More than 1 in every 7 women who have ever been married, have been raped in marriage." ~ Diana Russell, "Rape in Marriage", Indiana University Press, 1990
"Any woman who claims she has been raped by her spouse has not been properly bedded." ~ Maine Legislator
"When a woman is raped by a stranger, she has to live with a frightening memory. When she is raped by her husband, she has to live with the rapist." ~ ACTA
"The husband cannot be guilty of a rape committed by himself upon his lawful wife, for by their mutual matrimonial consent and contract,the wife hath given up herself in this kind unto her husband, which she cannot retract." ~ Sir Matthew Hale, Chief Justice, mid-17th century, England
"But if you can't rape your wife, who can you rape?" ~ Senator Bob Wilson, Democrat, California, 1979
"Damn it, when you get married, you kind of expect you're going to get a little sex." ~ Senator Jeremiah Denton, Republican, Alabama, 1981
"It’s a waste of the court’s time to get into that area…a woman who is in marriage is presumably consenting to sex. Maybe this is the risk of being married, you know." ~ Charles Burt, President, Oregon State Bar (1979)
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