Note: lest you think that marital rape is “only” an issue for Muslim women, Middle Eastern women, Asian women, whomever (as many of those who commented on this article seem to think), be aware that it is a global problem. The idea that a man is allowed to do what he wishes to his wife-that he owns her-is not limited to any one religion, region, or race. Rather, it’s an idea which lies at the very heart of domestic violence: one person believes they have a right to exercise abusive power over another person. Women are not objects. They are not weak and, therefore, inferior. They are human beings with the same value as men and, as such, deserve protection against husbands who would take advantage of their position in the home through violence. Rape is a purposeful act of violence: it is not the result of a sex-deprived man. Marriage does not excuse violence (and marital rape is an act of violence). In fact, it should be the one relationship in which women feel the most protected and safe-if she is to be respected, cherished, and cared for, her husband ought to the first man to accept those responsibilities. Sadly, this sounds like a fairy tale for most women worldwide because they’ve never known happiness and safety in marriage. I am proud to be able to share the story of these brave women and hope that it empowers others who seek justice and protection.