The V.I. Supreme Court is considering whether to strike a section of the V.I. Code that provides an “affirmative defense” for marital rape, a provision of law added six years ago by senators in the 30th Legislature.

Senators purportedly changed the V.I. Code “by adding protection for spouses, men and women, who are the victims of actions that constitute rape or unlawful sexual contact in aggravated domestic violence instances,” according to the preamble of Bill No. 30-0060.

- Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email