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We are pleased to announce the publication of Laura X's memoir
 in a special issue of Violence Against Women:


"Accomplishing the Impossible: an Advocate's Notes from the Successful Campaign to Make Marital and Date Rape a Crime in All 50 U.S. States and Other Countries"

By Laura X

Abstract: The history of marital rape legislation from the 1960s to the present is a long battle on many political, cultural, legal and social levels. The author, a peace, civil, and human rights activist,has been central to the struggle, working one-on-one with a tremendous diversity of people in 45 states and several countries as the director of the National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape in Berkeley, California. Early on, major court cases brought the issue of marital rape to the national attention of legislators, media and the public nationally due to the shock of a woman saying "no" to her husband at all. Each high court or legislative victory came only after much resistance and even sabotage.

This article was published in:

Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal

Special Issue: Wife Rape

Guest Editor: Raquel Kennedy Bergen

Volume 5, Number 9
September 1999

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About Laura X, Founder/Director