Tuesday, March 25, 2008

An Evolution Of Spousal Rape Laws

The article An evolution of law: Spousal rape recently prosecutable by Thadeus Greenson published in the The Times-Standard which serves Eureka, California and the northern California coastal area does a wonderful job of addressing the relevant issues while keeping those harmed front and center.

Here is the opening:

If Blue Lake Police Chief David Gundersen's wife had made the same rape allegations 30 years ago that she made last month -- or in some other states -- Gundersen wouldn't have been charged with a crime.

Spousal rape laws, or even the concept of raping a spouse, are pretty new developments. In fact, until the late 1970s, spouses were typically excluded from sexual assault laws.

Go read the whole article.

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