It is a form of partner rape, of domestic violence, and of sexual abuse. It can be equally, if not more, emotionally and physically damaging than rape by a stranger.
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Once widely condoned or ignored by law, spousal rape is now repudiated by international conventions and increasingly criminalized. Still, in many countries, spousal rape either remains legal, or is illegal but widely tolerated, with the laws against it being rarely enforced.
Traditional views on marriage which dictate that a woman must be sexually submissive to her husband continue to be common in many parts of the world.
In Nigeria, many men feel it is their right to sleep with their wives at any time they want, irrespective of the woman’s protestations. At such times, some men actually resort to raping their wives, though they claim that as the husband, there is nothing wrong with that.
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