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Analyzing the Rape and Profiling the Offender (From Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation, P 169-199, 1987, Robert R Hazelwood and Ann Wolbert Burgess, eds. - See NCJ-105948)

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R R Hazelwood
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31 pages
After distinguishing between 'selfish' and 'pseudo-unselfish' rapists, this article describes rapist categories and demonstrates the overall procedure for profiling a rapist through a case study.
Victim's statements about the offender's behavior permits determining whether the offender is 'selfish' or 'pseudo-unselfish.' The 'pseudo-unselfish' rapist is most often reassuring, complimentary, self-demeaning, ego-building, concerned, personal, nonprofane, inquisitive, and apologetic. The 'selfish' rapist is verbally offensive, abusive, threatening, profane, demeaning, humiliating, demanding, nonpersonal, and sexually oriented. The 'selfish' rapist does to the victim whatever he wants, and the 'pseudo-unselfish' rapist does what the victim permits. Categories of rapists, according to Groth, Burgess, and Holmstrom (1977), are 'power reassurance,' who rapes to ressure himself of his masculinity; 'power assertive,' who rapes to express his dominance over women; 'anger retaliatory,' who rapes to get even with women for real or imaginary wrongs; and 'anger excitation,' who is stimulated by the infliction of physical and emotional pain. Other types of rapists are 'opportunistic,' who rapes as an afterthought during the commission of another crime, and the 'gang' rape which involves two or more offenders with an apparent leader. A case study of profiling reviews analytic procedures and presents an offender profile from the case study. 2 references.


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