Washington Rape Exemption Lifted

Out of the Stone Age and into the 21st Century we go. On May 1, 2013, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill to change state law. In short, marriage will no longer be an absolute defense against allegations of some forms of rape and sexual assault in Washington State. The measure removes the spousal exemption from both rape in the third degree and from taking indecent liberties. Washington State had taken some remedial actions in 1983 by removing the marital exemption for first and second degree rape. Surprisingly, up until 1970, most states considered marriage to preclude any form of rape; in other words, marriage was an absolute affirmative defense to any rape allegation.

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