Marital Rape

  • Heidi S. Resnick
  • Sherry A. Falsetti
  • Shawn P. Cahill


In the past 10 years, there has been increased recognition of the magnitude of the problems of sexual assault-related violence, domestic violence, and marital rape. It has been shown across a range of studies that completed rape is a potentially traumatic event that is associated with the greatest risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among women (Kessler, Sonnega, Bromet, Hughes, & Nelson, 1995; Kilpatrick et al., 1987; Resnick, Dansky, Saunders, & Best, 1993). Data also indicate that marital rapes constitute a significant proportion of all rape incidents, are more prevalent in the context of other physical violence, and may be associated with more severe physical violence (Browne, 1993). Rapes by romantic partners are characterized by similar rates of injury and fear of death as incidents perpetrated by strangers (Kilpatrick, Best, Saunders, & Veronen, 1988), and rapes in marriage and dating relationships are associated with negative mental health outcomes at rates that are comparable to or higher than those associated with rapes perpetrated by strangers (Kilpatrick et al. 1988; Riggs, Kilpatrick, & Resnick, 1992; Shields & Hanneke, 1987).


Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Traumatic Event Partner Violence Ptsd Symptom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heidi S. Resnick
    • 1
  • Sherry A. Falsetti
    • 1
  • Shawn P. Cahill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesNational Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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