Consent may be complicated by law, language, context, culture and sexual orientation.Verbalized 'no' to sex may be interpreted as 'keep trying', or even 'yes' by offenders.
Once widely accepted or ignored by law, spousal rape is now denounced by international conventions and is increasingly criminalized.
Still, in many countries, spousal rape either remains legal, or is illegal but widely tolerated and accepted as a husband's prerogative.
Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person's consent.
The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority, or against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent.
Marital rape is not a prosecutable offense in at least 53 States.