Law: Against a Wife's Will?

In Oregon, a husband goes on trial for rape

In Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga, Wife Irene wept in bed after she had been raped by her husband. The next morning, Husband Soames ate breakfast comforted by the thought that "no one would know—it was not the sort of thing that she would speak about." Besides he had but prevented his wife "from abandoning her duty."

Today such an act could land a husband in jail. On Oct. 10, Greta Rideout of Salem, Ore., was allegedly raped by her husband John. She called the local Salem Women's Crisis Service, which advised her to call the...

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