"It might be true that a husband will be more likely to slap his wife, force her to have sex with him, or commit some other form of low-level violence, than a stranger would. But using that as an argument against marriage is like saying we need to encourage children to be autonomous from their parents because they are more likely to hit their children than a stranger would. At some point, people have to interact on an intimate level, and the bonds of marriage and family provide the safest place for that interaction.
Let us also note that — barring repetition of the act — it is less traumatic for a child to be slapped by his mother than by a stranger, for a man to be punched by his brother than by a stranger, or for a woman to be sexually assaulted by her husband than by a stranger. Anytime you remove the danger of the first case by weakening family bonds, you increase the likelihood of the second case. When considering whether to remove a dependent from a family situation, we should be very careful that we are not putting them in an even more dangerous situation, or at the mercy of people who don’t have their best interests at heart."
Alte, Traditional Catholicism 72 Comments
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