Toward an Integrated Male Peer Support Model of Marital/Cohabitation Rape in the United States

McKenzie Rogness, Ohio University

Since the mid 1970s, social scientists have uncovered rich data on the extent, distribution, correlates, and outcomes of various types of male-to-female abuse in adult intimate relationships. However some types of abuse, including marital/cohabitation rape, have not been adequately theorized. The main objective of this paper is twofold: (1) to examine the extant research and theory on marital/cohabitation rape, and (2) to offer an integrated male peer support model that attempts to explain why some men rape their marital/cohabitating partners. Suggestions for future research, theory, and policy implications are also provided.

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