Does “Til Death Do Us Part” Include Abuse?
No one enters marriage with the expectation that something will go horribly wrong. You’re standing there before the minister, rabbi, judge or friend and reciting those vows with a REAL belief in the words you and your future spouse say! Honor, trust, sickness or health, for richer or poorer, ’til death do us part… isn’t that what a marriage should be about?
Unfortunately, too often just because a spouse has said “I do” their partner interprets that to mean their wife (or husband!) no longer has the right to say “I don’t.” Statistics show the sexual abuse of someone more frequently happens at the hands of an intimate partner rather than a stranger! Even more horrific, this devastating offense is frequently blamed on the victim and too many feel they have no place to turn, due to their marriage vows.
The numbers associated with this largely-undiscussed crime are staggering: 22 million women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime with 63.84% of women reportedly being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18, by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. In fact, during the time it takes to listen to this show, almost 500 women will be abused…most probably by an intimate partner!
Tune in to The Dani Johnson Show on Friday, October 3rd at 12 pm ET/11 am CT as Dani shines a spotlight on marital sexual abuse and offers a safe space to discuss this offense occurring every day across our country and finally bring it out into the open!
WARNING: Due to the graphic nature of this content, this episode of The Dani Johnson Show is NOT being aired on TV or radio. However, because we feel it is an incredibly IMPORTANT topic to address, we have made it available for you exclusively on our website.