The Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act, 1991

  • Country: Bahamas
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Rape

Section 3 of Bahamas’ Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 1991 allows for a man to rape his wife if she is over 14 years of age.

Section 3. Rape is the act of any person not under fourteen years of age having sexual intercourse with another person who is not his spouse

(a) without the consent of that other person;
(b) with consent which has been extorted by threats or fear of bodily harm;
(c) with consent obtained by personating the spouse of that other person; or
(d) with consent obtained by false and fraudulent representations as to the nature and quality of the act.

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Note:

Article 15 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas: Whereas every person in the Bahamas is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, has the right, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following namely – (a) life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law . . .

Contact Information:

Prime Minister Perry Christie
Office of the Prime Minister
Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre
P.O. Box CB 10980
Nassau, N.P.
BAHAMAS
Tel: +242 327 58 26/7
Fax: +1 212 759 2135 (Mission to the UN in New York)
Email: primeminister@bahamas.gov.bs

Section 3. Rape is the act of any person not under fourteen years of age having sexual intercourse with another person who is not his spouse

(a) without the consent of that other person;
(b) with consent which has been extorted by threats or fear of bodily harm;
(c) with consent obtained by personating the spouse of that other person; or
(d) with consent obtained by false and fraudulent representations as to the nature and quality of the act.

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Law explanation: 

Section 3 of Bahamas’ Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 1991 allows for a man to rape his wife if she is over 14 years of age.

Note: 

Article 15 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas: Whereas every person in the Bahamas is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, has the right, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following namely – (a) life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law . . .

Contact Infomation: 

Prime Minister Perry Christie
Office of the Prime Minister
Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre
P.O. Box CB 10980
Nassau, N.P.
BAHAMAS
Tel: +242 327 58 26/7
Fax: +1 212 759 2135 (Mission to the UN in New York)
Email: primeminister@bahamas.gov.bs

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