A marriage or common law relationship may start with a happy blissful beginning but it may become abusive over time. What if the wife is being forced to have sexual intercourse with her husband - can she do something about it? Is it against the law?
Yes, marital rape is against the law in T&T. A husband (including a common law husband) can be guilty of rape on his wife according to section 4 (5) and section 4 (6) of the Sexual Offences Act.
Additionally, in T&T, a husband (including a common law husband) can be guilty of grievous sexual assault on his wife according to section 4A (3) and section 4A (4) of the Sexual Offences Act.
To understand what is the legal definition of rape and grievous sexual assault please read more here.
If you or anyone you know has been the victim of rape, sexual assault or domestic violence, these local resources may be able to offer help:
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
The Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago
Emergency Contact Numbers
Important Notice: This post does not constitute or provide legal advice. Always consult with a suitably qualified attorney-at-law on any legal problem or issue.
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