Statement of support for proposed removal of marital immunity for rape

As women’s and social sector groups in Singapore, we are very pleased to welcome the proposal to fully remove marital immunity for the offences of rape and sexual penetration of a minor. This important and long awaited reform will make it possible to hold men who commit sexual violence against their wives accountable under the law, in accordance with due process.

Every person has the right to live their lives free of all kinds of violence, including spousal sexual violence. Marriage is meant to be a union for mutual support and care, not a licence for sexual coercion. Doing away with marital immunity is an important affirmation that a married woman – no less than any other woman – has the right to be heard and respected when she says ‘no’.

When this law is changed, Singapore will take an enormous step toward a more humane society – one which values consent and equality. We are proud to be counted in support of it.

List of supporting groups:

Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)
Beyond the Hijab
Brave Spaces
Crit Talk
Disabled People’s Association (DPA)
Daughters Of Tomorrow (DOT)
Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME)
Lean In Singapore
No To Rape
Penawar Support Group
Project X
Singapore Association of Women Lawyers (SAWL)
Singapore Committee for UN Women
Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO)
The Local Rebel
The T Project
Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)
Women and Law in Islam (WALI)
Zonta Club of Singapore