New York’s Rape Shield Law does not bar a prosecutor from introducing evidence of a victim’s sexual history to show why she failed to immediately inform her husband she had been raped, the Appellate Division, First Department, has ruled.

A unanimous court also ruled that evidence of the victim’s chastity was properly admitted in the case, People v. Richard Wigfall, because it was relevant to the defendant’s claim that the alleged rape was a consensual sexual encounter in exchange for employment.

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