Essay about Sexual Assault Is The Key Component

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Sexual assault, according to the United States Department of Justice, is any form of sexual behavior that occurs without the clear consent of the recipient. Sexual assault can include, sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest fondling, and attempted rape (Sexual Assault, n.d.). Consent is defined as permission for something to happen, or an agreement to do something (“Consent,” n.d.). Consent plays a huge role in determining if a sexual behavior should be considered a sexual assault, is the key component. The concept of consent has been a complex issue in regards to sexual assault that occurs inside an intimate relationship, especially marriage. Marital rape is a complicated battle because of social attitudes on rape in a marriage, the laws concerning marital rape, and the consequences of marital rape.
The intimate relationship between a married man and woman is often very personal and kept private. The prevalence of marital rape can be difficult to determine. An estimated eighty-four percent of reported rapes are committed by an acquaintance or intimate partner of the victim (Boucher, Lemelin, & McNicoll, 2009). The prevalence of marital rape in the United States is in the range of 3.4 to 14% (Boucher, Lemelin, & McNicoll, 2009). The statistics and data on rape and especially marital rape are hindered by the lack of accurate information. It is difficult to determine accurate statistics because marital rape is grossly underreported. Victims remain…

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