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Why We Must Believe Women: My Family’s Legacy of Violence and Murder

My aunt accused her husband of spousal rape. Less than a year after he was acquitted, he murdered her.

In 1980 my Aunt Lydia accused her husband Mark of spousal rape. It was the first case Fresno County had ever seen. Though Fresno is the fifth-largest city in California, it was uncomfortable for people then (and now, I would guess) to imagine that rape could occur between a husband and wife. That Mark—Lydia’s high school sweetheart, the father of her small son—had assaulted her within their marriage covenant.




I guess I should be thankful.

Don’t touch me

that bad.