For too many people it takes this level of violence before they will even consider that a real rape happened between a husband and his wife. Those who dismiss less severe sexual assaults, or who say that women have no moral right to leave their husbands, contribute to the rationalizations that can lead to this extreme violence.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a woman lying on the floor of a bedroom with a large amount of blood around her head. According to the criminal complaint, police said "her head had so many lacerations and so much blood on it, her face was hard to identify as a human head."
Doctors have performed surgery on the victim and expect her to survive. The woman may suffer brain damage and may lose one of her eyes. Doctors also said the victim had been raped and that she had received multiple lacerations to her face and genital area.
Most rapists don't begin their violence with acts like this. They begin with acts that too many people either ignore or minimize. When people explicitly or implicitly support even lower levels of violence (husbands have a right to their wives bodies so it's never rape), perpetrators see it as approval of their actions.
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