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Public Prosecutor v N: facts

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The legal judgment in the marital rape case of Public Prosecutor v N [1999] 4 SLR 619, which we have referred to several times in the FAQ, is dated 26 August, 1 October 1999. In August this year is the 10th anniversary of that first date – and the issues raised in the case remain as important as ever. Here is the summary of the facts in the legal judgment.

On 18 August 1998, while the respondent was away on overseas training, he paged for her. She responded to his paging and contacted him by telephone. In the course of the conversation, an argument ensued over the payment of his handphone bill. When the wife suggested that they get a divorce, the respondent was very upset and angry. He threatened to kill her if she dared to leave him. The wife was very frightened and she believed that he would carry out his threat upon his return from his training in less than three weeks’ time. This was because he spoke in a very fierce manner and he had on previous occasions behaved violently towards her.

Upon the respondent’s return to Singapore on 4 September 1998, he asked the wife to meet him, promising that they would have a peaceful talk. During a discussion at the void deck at Blk 410 Serangoon Central later in the evening, the respondent and the wife quarrelled again. He dragged her into his car and drove her back to their house at Rivervale Road. Upon arrival, he ordered her to go to their apartment bedroom. To avoid a scene, she did as she was told. He followed her into the bedroom and locked the door after them.

The wife was seated on the bed when the respondent hugged her. When she struggled to free herself, he turned violent and forcibly stripped her of her clothes. He then used a bath towel to tie her hands together and used another piece of cloth to gag her. Thereafter, he proceeded to engage in sexual intercourse with her against her will.

After that, he helped her to put on her pair of shorts and panties before untying her. He then took out a blouse which he had bought for her and told her to put it on. She resisted. This was followed by another physical struggle by her which ended with his slapping her across her face. When the respondent had calmed down, the wife told him that she wanted to go back to her parents’ place. The respondent agreed and drove her back to Serangoon Central.

The man in this case was not charged or convicted of rape, but only of much lesser charges relating to the other aggressive behaviour, carrying far less severe penalties than those associated with rape.

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Site update: volunteering, articles and blogs

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

We’ve made a number of changes to the Promote section of the site:

Volunteer: Would you like to volunteer for No To Rape and help abolish marital immunity for rape? We’ve uploaded a Volunteering Form which you should download and return to us by email.

Articles: More news articles on marital rape are available in the right-hand column.

Blogs: We’ve updated the list of blogs that link to us. Thank you all for your support! Honourable mentions to Headspace for some really interesting excerpts from an academic article on marital rape, and Mathia Lee for the lively discussion in the comments.

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Campaign Action: write to your MP

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

As No To Rape enters its third week, more than 800 people have signed the petition to show their support for the abolition of marital immunity for rape. With your help in spreading the message, that number continues to grow.

But there is even more we can do to create change. Every two weeks, we’ll post a Campaign Action you can take to be even more effective at promoting the No To Rape message.

The current No To Rape Campaign Action is:

Write to your MP: Please write directly to your Member of Parliament and tell them that you think forced sex should always be treated as rape.

Confused about how to do this? Check out the Promote section of the site. You’ll find a link to the Parliament website, where you can get snail mail or email details for your MP by entering your street name.

You can also access our Model Letter to an MP – feel free to use this as it is, or as a source of ideas. Your letter will probably have more impact if it is in your own words.

The more letters MPs receive, from as many different people as possible, the clearer it will be to them that Singaporeans and PRs do not support marital immunity for rape.

Please let us know at NoToRape@gmail.com if you receive any responses from your MP. The more knowledge we share, the more effectively we can work.

Thank you once again for your stand against sexual violence.

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Tool up for change

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The Petition is the core of this campaign, but we seek to equip everyone with additional tools to take a stand against sexual violence within marriage. Don’t forget to sign up to our mailer (you can do so here) to receive regular updates on other actions you can take to end marital immunity for rape.

For now, thank you for spreading the word – we’ve seen many of you hard at work on emails, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, and it’s making a huge difference.

Besides online sharing, you can take offline action too. The Promote section of our website contains all kinds of tools to help you spread the word – including ready-made leaflets in poster and flyer sizes, and an Activist Toolkit containing suggestions and resources for creating change.

We’ve also updated the Promote section to include news articles on marital immunity for rape, correspondence with MPs and the civil service on the subject, and links to blogs who’ve been kind enough to share the No To Rape message – some of them have added really powerful thoughts of their own. Do check it out.

p.s. Don’t forget that the Petition comes in Bahasa Melayu and Chinese translations so you can share the word with those who aren’t as comfortable with English! We are working on a Tamil translation too and will let you know when that’s ready.

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