Being in a monogamous, committed relationship, does not mean sex is to be given out at a moment’s notice. Whatever the reason for not feeling up to it is irrelevant, the point is that sex is neither compulsory, or binding among a couple.
Furthermore, even if you are in the middle of lovemaking, either partner can ask the other to stop and that request has to be honoured. The United Kingdom’s Sexual Offences Act 2003 states that consent is when a woman “agrees by choice…and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.”
It further clarifies that saying yes doesn’t necessarily mean the person is in agreement citing an abusive relationship where, “yes” is given out of fear or retribution. Another 1991 law states that a person in a marriage or civil partnership contract, does not equal to giving away the right to decide what to do with your own body.
Stephanie Littlewood from Leeds, England, had been in a romantic relationship with Wayne Hoban for seven months.
Littlewood said that the whole time they were together, Hoban never raised a hand to her.
On April 2, 2016, everything changed for the mother of a little girl, aged one.
24-year-old Hoban was in a, “foul mood” according to Littlewood.
He wanted to have sex with Littlewood but she declined.
“He had had a drink and then took himself off to be sick. Then he started to get angry and began to attack me,” Littlewood told Cosmopolitan.
The attack lasted approximately 45 minutes.
Hoban began by throwing and picking up Littlewood on the bed, repeatedly. She was left shaken and crying under the bed’s quilt.
He walked out and returned, aggressively pulling the cover off of Littlewood.
Hoban then proceeded to grab Littlewood by her ankles, essentially pulling her off the bed.