Sexual coercion or force in a relationship is abuse. Studies indicate that women who are raped by intimate partners suffer even deeper and longer-lasting effects than those who are raped by strangers or non intimate acquaintances. There are people who have raped or sexually coerced their partners repeatedly over the course of the relationship but never once hit them. Don’t be fooled – this is abuse and it is one of the most devastating types of abuse that there is. – Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft.