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It's the ultimate betrayal...a crime so disturbing, many victims never tell a soul. According to reports, about 1.5 million women are raped or physically assaulted by their partners every year.

Although spousal rape is punishable by law in all 50 states, many offenses go unreported. Two women who hid their shame for years are finally speaking out. They want every woman in America to know it can happen to anyone.

In 2005, Tascha, a wife and mother, was crowned Mrs. Oklahoma. "Whenever someone sees the crown they think, 'She has it all together, she's beautiful, she's well spoken, she's well rounded and educated,'" she says.

What many people don't know is that Tascha is a spousal rape survivor. "Underneath it all, there was a really dark period in my life that no one suspected, because I didn't share with anyone," she says. "Friends didn't know, family didn't know. It was something that I basically took on myself, by myself."
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Published on November 07, 2007

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