The Lorena Bobbitt Scandal

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The Lorena Bobbitt Scandal

The name Lorena Bobbitt became familiarized with the concept of penis removal. The Lorena Bobbitt case also raised the issue of marital rape, forced abortion and domestic violence. Feminists along with domestic violence groups supported Lorena Bobbitt an alleged abused wife who acted out in a moment of insanity by cutting her husband’s penis after years of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. The case sparked national debate and jokes about the mutilation of men’s genital organs and it illustrated the capability the extent to which a battered wife could take the law into her own hands.

Lorena, 24 years old at the time of the incident, Ecuadorian-born immigrated to the United States from Venezuela. When she met her former husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, she was working as a manicurist in Manassas, Virginia near a Marine Corps base located in Quantico, Virginia where John was a lance corporal. Lorena’s upbringing consisted of chaperoned dates, no premarital sex, and no tolerance for divorce or abortion. Soon after they married on June 18, 1989 trouble arose when John began drinking and domestic violence disputes began to arise. In their four-year marriage they separated in 1991 and again in 1992.

Both parties called police to disrupt domestic disputes, and in June 1993, Lorena finally requested a restraining order against her husband. Two days later on June 23, 1993 John arrived home drunk and allegedly raped his wife. As John was sleeping, Lorena cut off two thirds of her husband’s penis with a 23-inch kitchen knife. She then drove away from the home and threw the mutilated organ into a field alongside the road and called police to report the incident and give the location of the penis. Lorena Bobbitt was arrested and charged for maliciously wounding her husband and her husband was charged with spousal rape.

John Bobbitt denied all charges of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and was found “not guilty” on the spousal...
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