december / 26


26th December, 1978 : An American man has been cleared of raping his wife in what was seen as an important test case in establishing women’s sexual rights. It is believed to be the first time a wife has charged a husband with rape while still living under the same roof. The couple in the case were Greta and John Rideout, from Oregon in the north-west of the United States. Greta Rideout charged her husband with beating her and forcing her to have sex. John Rideout admitted beating her, but said the sex was voluntary. After a three-hour deliberation, a jury found him not guilty. “I don’t think justice was done,” said Greta afterwards.

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