Depending on the context, men and women can experience social consequences if their act of infidelity becomes public.
The form and extent of these consequences are often dependent on the gender of the unfaithful person.
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3) Did both participants agree to engage in sexual conduct? If physical force or threats were used to coerce someone into having sex, that sexual activity is rape. If you've had sex before but do not consent the next time, yet your partner continues and has sexual activity with you, that is rape.
If you had already started, and then you say no, and your partner keeps going, that is rape.
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In marital relationships, exclusivity expectations are commonly assumed although they are not always met.
When they are not met, research has found that psychological damage can occur, including feelings of rage and betrayal, lowering of sexual and personal confidence, and damage to self-image.
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