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Former Lawmaker Faces Spouse-abuse Case; AG’s Office Says Wife’s Dementia Precluded Consent to Sex

By all accounts, Donna Lou Young and Henry Rayhons were happily married.

But the former Iowa lawmaker is now awaiting trial in a felony spouse-abuse case. He is accused of having sex with his wife in a nursing home when she was allegedly incapable of consent because of her dementia, Bloomberg reports in a lengthy article.

The case against Rayhons was initiated by his wife’s daughters from a previous marriage and staff at the nursing home at which they had urged him to place his wife. Rayhons, who says he did nothing wrong, visited his wife there frequently. She died in August at age 78.

It is not clear that the state attorney general’s office, which is prosecuting the case, can even show that the couple had sex on the day in question, in May of this year, according to the Bloomberg article.

Meanwhile, observers with expertise in elder law issues and nursing home administration told the news agency they considered the medical assessment of Donna Lou Young’s ability to consent to sex inadequate. She could be unable to balance a checkbook, one pointed out, but eager to have sex with her husband, just as she would be able to determine when she was hungry and ready for a meal.

“Any partner in a marriage has the right to say no,” said professor Katherine Pearson of Penn State Dickinson School of Law. “What we haven’t completely understood is, as in this case, at what point in dementia do you lose the right to say yes?”

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What the Law says About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a very common sight at daily news. It is also usual for family members involved in violence cases to eventually ‘kiss and make up’ despite the gravity of the pain experienced. The challenge that the law enforcement people actually face is when the victim comes out abused repeatedly. In cases like these, Garmo & Kiste, PLC will be of great help. The following are some articles that discuss laws related to domestic violence.

Illinois Updates its Domestic Violence Laws | Goldman and Associates

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Domestic violence is a complicated crime. It is often difficult and uncomfortable for domestic violence perpetrators, as well as their victims, to speak about the facts leading up to a domestic violence charge and conviction. Additionally, domestic 

New Massachusetts Domestic Violence Law Allows Victims To …

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Massachusetts Domestic Violence Act recently signed into law, victims of sexual assault and stalking have the right to break their leases without significant.

Seattle Domestic Violence Lawyer: Three Types of Verbal Abuse …

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A Washington domestic violence attorney discusses three types of verbal abuse as well as how verbal abuse can lead to greater acts of abuse and violence.

Compared to other forms of violence, domestic abuse is somewhat different because the people involved are family members or those who are intimately related. The society also has different mindset regarding this matter. Seeing a strange person get beaten by another who seems or more likely to be a family member, the common reaction is to let them be since it may be a family problem and you wouldn’t want to be tagged as meddler. Well, the truth is who would really know if that is a form of domestic violence or not? One thing is certain. We can report any form of violence to police authorities and let the implementers of the law decide on the matter.

Signs of Domestic Violence

The increasing number of reported cases of domestic violence has become alarming. Women get hit by their husbands. Some of these victims are in their teens while there are also cases of pregnant women. Batterers are oftentimes cool and cannot be observed on the outside but flaming hard when dealing with their household members. This is why most of these cases aren’t easily noticed by the authorities. However, there are signs and symptoms that can help us recognize that domestic violence may be happening.

Domestic Violence and Abuse: Types, Signs, Symptoms, Causes …

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All too frequently the media bombards us with news about a high-profile domestic violence case, where a man or woman is suspected of murdering their wife or husband, with or without a previous history of domestic abuse.

Warning Signs: Knowing When Someone is a Victim of Domestic …

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Because domestic violence is often perpetrated by someone close to the victim, victims often choose not to report it. Instead, they will live for months or even.

How to Recognize Domestic Violence Warning Signs – Police & Fire …

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In light of the Simsbury murder-suicide in September, Avon, Farmington Valley and West Hartford police share resources available to victims. Posted by Jessie Sawyer (Editor) , October 01, 2012 at 08:03 PM. Comment Recommend. Flag as 

Domestic Violence Isn’t Always Physical. | elephant journal

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Domestic violence is a severe and damaging problem not just by the victims themselves but of the society as a whole. Many victims actually do not realize that they have been abused. This is because not all domestic abuses result to bruises and physical pain. But even without these, the damage it brings is just the same. Each one of us needs to be vigilant enough and do our part in reporting such cases to the authorities. For domestic violence related concerns, consult Garmo & Kiste, PLC.