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Marital Rape Resources

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National Resources

Lauren R. Taylor with Nicole Gaskin-Laniyan, “Sexual Assault in Abusive Relationships,” NIJ Journal No. 256 (January 2007)

Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating this Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence, online training course, sponsored by National Judicial Education Program (2008)

J. McFarlane and A. Malecha, “Sexual Assault Among Intimates: Frequency, Consequences, and Treatments,” final report submitted to the National Institute of Justice (2005) (NCJ 211678)

The Wife Rape Fact Sheet, by Patricia Mahoney, M.A., National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College Stone Center

“Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (March 2003)

Intimate partner violence prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention

“Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Rape Victimization: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey,” by Patricia Tjaden and Nancy Thoennes, National Institute of Justice (January 2006) (pdf)

“Intimate Partner Violence,” US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report

Bureau of Justice Statistics, Crime Data Brief by Callie Marie Rennison, Ph.D., BJS Statistician, “Intimate Partner Violence 1993-2001”

List of criminal justice system resources, Toolkit to End Violence Against Women


State / Local Resources

How Is Spousal Rape Treated? American Prosecutors Research Institute (May 1, 2003) (state law chart summarizing differences in state laws).

“Private Nightmares, Public Secrets: Sexual Assault by Intimate Partners” (40-page training manual), available for purchase from Jane Doe Inc. (telephone 617-248-0902)

Intimate Partner Violence In Idaho: Trends

About Marital Rape: Fact sheet prepared by A Safe Place, Lake County Crisis Center (Illinois)

Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault Brochure: Marital Rape

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCASP):


Academic Resources

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Raquel Kennedy Bergen, “Marital Rape: New research and directions,” Applied Research Forum, National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (2006)

“When Your Wife Says No: Forced Sex in Marriage,” by Fay Honey Knopp (40-page booklet for men who are sexually abusive toward their spouses)

Ida M. Johnson and Robert Sigler, Forced Sexual Intercourse in Intimate Relationships (1997)

“Sexual Assault in Marriage: Prevalence, Consequences, and Treatment of Wife Rape,” by Patricia Mahoney and Linda M. Williams, Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire (pdf)

Margaret Abraham, “Sexual Abuse in South Asian Immigrant Marriages,” Violence Against Women, Vol. 5, No. 6, 591-618 (1999)

“Marital and Intimate Partner Sexual Assault,” Stop Violence Against Women, A project sponsored by The Advocates for Human Rights. (Feb. 1, 2006)

“Spousal Rape Laws: 20 Years Later,” by the National Center for Victims of Crime (2007)

“Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S.,” U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (Dec. 19, 2007) (chart summarizing nonfatal intimate partner victimization rate per 1,000 females by marital status, 1993-2005)

Carol J. Auster and Janel M. Leone, “Late Adolescents’ Perspectives On Marital Rape: The Impact of Gender And Fraternity/Sorority Membership – Statistical Data Included,” Adolescence (Spring 2001)

“Sexual Assault in Indian Country: Confronting Sexual Violence,” National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2000)

“Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA,” Amnesty International (2007)


International Resources

"Raped by a partner: A Research Report," Women's Health, Murray Goulburn North East (2008)

Just ‘keeping the peace’: A reluctance to respond to male partner sexual violence, by Melanie Heenan, Coordinator of the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA), published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (March 2004)

Kim Slote and Carrie Cuthbert, Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: An International Survey and Literature Review, Women’s Rights Network, Wellesley Centers for Women

International Violence Against Women; U.S. Response and Policy Issues, Report by Congressional Research Service (March 2008)

2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, United Nations, General Assembly (Dec. 1993)




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