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The Daily Beast | Marital Rape is Semi-Legal in 8 States

(06/09/2015) Lawmakers in Ohio are trying to remove archaic forms of “marital privilege” in state laws pertaining to rape, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Although marital rape is illegal in Ohio as well as nationwide, the notion of marital privilege or exemption dates from an era when a man could only be charged with rape if the alleged victim was not his wife—an era that only ended in the United States on July 5, 1993 when North Carolina criminalized marital rape, becoming the final state to do so. [ . . . ]

As of April 2014, according to an AEquitas report, 8 states still had marital rape exemptions for some offenses, not including the states without exemptions that simply prosecute marital rape differently.

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