It takes strength and commitment 
to make a conscious decision to 
work through confused feelings 
that rape may have left you with, 
but we at NRC will try and help 
you through the effects of rape. 

A common myth surrounding rape and other forms of sexual violence is the belief that these crimes are most often perpetrated by strangers. In fact, through our experience of working with women and girls affected by sexual violence, we know that around 85% of survivors / victims know their attacker prior to the rape or assault and that often this violence is perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner. 

Everyone has the right to say 'no' to sex on any occasion and under any circumstances, regardless of whether they've given consent to sex with that person in the past. Sex without consent is rape, whether it takes place within a marriage or any other kind of relationship. 
 
Rape in marriage was criminalised as recently as 1982 in Scotland and 1991 in England. Before these dates a woman had no legal protection from rape by her husband. Fortunately, rape within marriage and other relationships is now clearly recognised within the law. 
 
There are many reasons why some women stay in intimate relationships that are violent or abusive. These include: 
societal pressures 
 
to prevent disruption to her children 
a lack of alternatives e.g. financial constraints 
fear that leaving might lead to further violence 
shame about speaking out about what has happened 
difficulty recognising or accepting what is happening 
blaming themselves for what is happening 
hope that their partner's behaviour will change 
 
Staying in a relationship that involves or has involved sexual violence does not mean a woman is 'weak' or any less deserving of specialist support and justice than a woman raped in any other kind of circumstance. 
 
Marital rape support in Northamptonshire
child sexual abuse 
Exploring the myths of rape & incest
exploring the myths 
Rape support in Northamptonshire
emotional abuse 
Northamptonshire Rape and Incest Crisis Centre
drug rape 
flash backs 
panic attacks 
 
 
 
Contact NRC and we will support you to take that next step