Utah Republican Not Sure if Husbands Should Be Charged for Raping Sleeping Wives
Utah lawmakers are apparently unsure if a husband raping his sleeping wife qualifies as rape.
State Representative Brian Green of Pleasant Grove says, “If an individual has sex with their wife while she is unconscious… a prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape, theoretically. That makes sense in a first date scenario, but to me, not where people have a history of sexual activity.”
Greene made the comments after a bill that would clarify the legal definition of rape was approved by a committee but the lawmaker says he isn’t sure it’ll pass the full legislature.
“I’m not trying at all to justify sexual activity with an unconscious person,” Greene said. “It’s abhorrent to me, but do we as a body, a legislative body, want to make that rape in every instance?”
The bill in question would change the existing law to read, “The victim has not consented and the actor knows the victim is unconscious, unaware that the acts is occurring, or physically unable to resist.”