Rape Shield

We have developed three individual resources on rape shield, to include a survey of United States statutes, a collection of relevant case law, and a chart surveying the rules of admissibility across the country.


This resource includes a statutory compilation of strangulation crimes in the 50 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, Military, and federal jurisdictions. Relevant case law is also included, where applicable, for each jurisdiction. AEquitas has also developed an additional document discussing the legislative response to strangulation.

Spousal Immunity and Marital Privilege

This compilation focuses on criminal statutes on spousal immunity and privilege across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, Military and federal jurisdictions. This resource also looks at those statutes that recognize an exception to spousal immunity and privilege in crimes of intimate partner and domestic violence.

Sexual Abuse in Confinement

This resource comprises a variety of cases from each state and also federal jurisdictions that involve criminal or administrative proceedings in which sexual abuse in confinement is a factor. These types of cases include: criminal cases in which some form of sexual abuse in confinement was charged or was raised as a defense; administrative disciplinary proceedings against inmates or staff involving allegations of sexual abuse in confinement; criminal cases in which evidence of the defendant’s prior acts of sexual abuse in confinement were presented for purposes of sentencing; appeals of post-sentence civil commitment proceedings in which evidence included acts of sexual abuse committed while in confinement; and civil cases presenting issues as to the investigation and response to reports of sexual abuse in confinement. This digest also includes case law from each state and federal jurisdiction.

Rape and Sexual Assault

This compilation includes a comprehensive look at sexual assault laws in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, Military, and federal jurisdictions. The coverage ranges from crimes of rape and sexual assault, abuse, misconduct, or battery to marital rape and intimate partner sexual assault. Several charts are included analyzing issues inherent to rape and sexual assault cases that may arise throughout the course of a prosecution.