Marital & Acquaintance Rape: Definition, History, & Laws


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In the 1800s, if a married man claimed his wife raped him, what would be the probable outcome?

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1. A rape-shield law makes consent in an acquaintance rape more difficult to prove, because:

2. Which is true regarding modern marital rape laws?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you know about the issue of marital and acquaintance rape with this quiz and worksheet. Among other details, this multiple-choice quiz requires you to understand why a rape-shield law makes it difficult to prove consent in an acquaintance rape.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following:

  • Claims of a man being raped by his wife in the 1800s
  • Why a rape-shield law makes consent more difficult to prove
  • A true statement about modern marital rape laws
  • An element that's required for the charge of rape
  • How modern laws address the issue of consent in date rape

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the probable outcome when a man claimed to be raped by his wife in the 1800s
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about modern marital rape laws and interpret it correctly
  • Making connections - use what you've learned to make connections between modern laws and consent in date rape

Additional Learning

Continue your studies by reviewing the lesson titled Marital & Acquaintance Rape: Definition, History, & Laws. Here's a snapshot of what it covers:

  • How rape is defined
  • The first known case of a man charged with raping his wife
  • Date rape drugs