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Towards Criminalising Marital Rape

Jointly organised by No To Rape and Singapore Management University (SMU) Law Society, the public seminar was held on 7 August 2009, Friday, at SMU Conference Hall 1. Along with a panel of 5 expert speakers, over 120 people of all walks of life gathered that evening to listen and offer their opinions on the subject of marital rape and its associated topics. The discussions offered in-depth and multi-disciplinary perspectives on a pressing contemporary issue in criminal and family law that not only poses questions about our evolving social mores, but more importantly has serious consequences for the safety of women and the quality of our family unit.

The event was moderated by Anita Kapoor, Ambassador for No To Rape.

You can watch either the full proceedings of the event HERE or by chapters below:

  1. Introductions by Nathanael Lim (SMU Law Society) & Anita Kapoor.
  2. “Gender & Marital Relations,” Dana Lam (AWARE).
  3. “Marital Rape: The Ultimate form of Power & Control,” Benny Bong (SAFV).
  4. Q&A 1 – How to define and prosecute marital rape; what about unequal interest in sex between spouses?
  5. “Legal Aspects of the Marital Rape Immunity in Singapore,” Chan Wing Cheong (School of Law, NUS).
  6. Q&A 2 – Are there vengeful wife incidents in countries with no immunity? What is the normal benchmark sentence for stranger rape?
  7. No To Rape Ad Launch – “It is time we speak up.”
  8. “Rape: A Human Rights Violation,” Braema Mathi (Maruah).
  9. “A Parliamentary Perspective on Activism,” Siew Kum Hong (former NMP).
  10. Q&A 3 – Have there been many cases of marital rape? Will marital rape ever be more severely punished?
  11. Q&A 4 – Is it possible for women to rape men? Should marital rape be criminalised for women?
  12. Q&A 5 – Doesn’t the institution of marriage automatically presume sexual consent? Is adultery as much a betrayal of trust as marital rape?
  13. Q&A 6 – Comment on consent & false claims. Comment on proving beyond reasonable doubt. Why hasn’t Article 9 for equal protection under the law of the Constitution been used to argue against marital rape immunity?
  14. Q&A 7 – What are the experiences social workers have with male perpetrators?
  15. Q&A 8 – How do we reach out to a conservative society to recognise marital rape?
  16. Q&A 9 – What would happen now should a woman approach the police to report marital rape? What kind of recourse will a woman have?
  17. Q&A 10 – What should a woman do when she encounters rape? What should the authorities do? Where should the victim go?
  18. Q&A 11 – Comment on relation between sexually-transmitted disease and marital relations. Need to provide proper and safe channel to report rape to encourage women to come out. Why should the law only protect women?
  19. Q&A 12 – What sort of changes will parliament make in regards to the petition?
  20. Q&A 13 – Is there an expiry date on filing a complaint? What kind of advantage will a charge of marital rape lend in family court over child custody, divorce, etc?

DISCLAIMER: SMU Law Society and SMU support hosting a discussion about marital rape and the associated issues, but [a] opinions expressed in this seminar are those of the relevant contributors, and [b] No To Rape is responsible for all campaign material, both of which [a] & [b] do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of SMU Law Society, SMU, and/or No To Rape.

 

Introductions


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“Gender & Marital Relations,” Dana Lam (AWARE)



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“Marital Rape: The Ultimate form of Power & Control,” Benny Bong (SAFV).



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Q+A 1 – How to define and prosecute marital rape; what about unequal interest in sex between spouses?


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“Legal Aspects of the Marital Rape Immunity In Singapore,” Chan Wing Cheong (School of Law, NUS).



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Q+A 2 – Are there vengeful wife incidents in countries with no immunity? What is the normal benchmark sentence for stranger rape?


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No To Rape Ad Launch – “It is time we speak up.”


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“Rape: A Human Rights Violation,” Braema Mathi (Maruah).




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“A Parliamentary Perspective on Activism,” Siew Kum Hong (former NMP).



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Q+A 3 – Have there been many cases of marital rape? Will marital rape ever be more severely punished?


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Q+A 4 – Is it possible for women to rape men? Should marital rape be criminalised for women?


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Q+A 5 – Doesn’t the institution of marriage automatically presume sexual consent? Is adultery as much a betrayal of trust as marital rape?


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Q+A 6 – Comment on consent & false claims. Comment on proving beyond reasonable doubt. Why hasn’t Article 9 for equal protection under the law of the Constitution been used to argue against marital rape immunity?


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Q+A 7 – What are the experiences social workers have with male perpetrators?


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Q+A 8 – How do we reach out to a conservative society to recognise marital rape?


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Q+A 9 – What would happen now should a woman approach the police to report marital rape? What kind of recourse will a woman have?



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Q+A 10 – What should a woman do when she encounters rape? What should the authorities do? Where should the victim go?


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Q+A 11 – Comment on relation between sexually-transmitted disease and marital relations. Need to provide proper and safe channel to report rape to encourage women to come out. Why should the law only protect women?


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Q+A 12 – What sort of changes will parliament make in regards to the petition?


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Q+A 13 – Is there an expiry date on filing a complaint? What kind of advantage will a charge of marital rape lend in family court over child custody, divorce, etc?


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