Psychosocial background of these rapists is inclusive of physical as well as verbal abuse which can be from both or one of the parents. Abuse-based background is seen in more than 56% of the rapists in this category. More than 80% of the rapists belong to divorced households; most of these are adopted or have spent their childhood in foster care. Relationships of these rapists with women in the past have failed or did not work based on which hostile feelings have developed against the opposite sex.
Background profiling on rapists has shown that these normally are raised in single parent households with increased issues. Additionally they grow up being physically as well as verbally abused facing sexual deviances. The children facing these conditions are the ones that clearly show tendencies towards sexual promiscuity. In the case of adults, it has been seen that they are married later in life around 30 to 39 years of age having a residence in a low crime area in a middle class family and a middle class neighborhood.
There are four main characteristics of a rapist. These are inclusive of power assertiveness, power reassurance, sadistic or anger excitation and anger retaliatory.
1. Power Reassurance
The studies have highlighted that more than 81% of the rapists fall in this category. The rapists in these categories are in a habit to use the least amount of violence based on which these are referred to as men rapists. Victim in these cases is the one who is related to the rapist being a temporary 'love' or a date. Thereby level of intimacy is added in these cases. A completely passive and non-athletic personality makes these rapists less harmful.
2. Power Assertive
Almost 12% of the rapists follow the pattern of being more power assertive. These are the offenders having an extreme sense of entitlement and superiority. The offender thinks that men being more powerful physically than women can do this. He has an active lifestyle, works out, has a flashy dressing and just to be more attractive has a good job and a flashy car. As compared to the power reassurance kind of rapists, power assertive rapists are the ones who have a sense of style and is boisterous and loud (Kapardis, 2010, p. 56). Rapists in these categories are fond of having a macho image of themselves thereby they tend to appear flashy and full of life. Usually the main spots that are selected by these rapists include nightclubs or bars where they can select their victims and date them. One of the main facts is that instead of forcing his victim, these rapists con the victims into trusting them enough to be alone with them so that the rapist is given all the best opportunities,
3. Anger Retaliatory
The studies have shown that less than 5% of the rapists fall into this category. It has been observed that these are also drug addicts or substance abusers. The rapist in this category has been reported to be impulsive having an uncontrolled temper. These rapists seek for an opportunity to rape and the victims are brutalized in a very spontaneous manner until the women is in submission. These rapists are seen to be angrier with the act of resistance and self-defense. In rage and anger, the rapists tend to be more brutal and violent with the victims until the aim is achieved (Holmes, and Holmes, 2002, p. 87).
4. Sadistic Rapists
This is the group more represented by Ted Bundy. The rapists in this class are killers and enjoy torturing the victim. One of the main aims of these rapists is to kill as well as torture throe victim. In these kinds of rapists the sexual satisfaction only comes from torturing and killing their victims.
These kinds of rapists are usually very intelligent, having a higher IQ and no past arrest record. Planning and being prepared for all actions is one of their main skills where the fouls on never to be caught (Innes, 2003, p. 54).
The paper has highlighted the psych-profile of the rapists. From the discussion above, it can be concluded here that the economic and social backgrounds, family situations and the brought up of these rapists is distinct. Verbal, sexual, and physical abuse is common among all four kinds. Living in a single parent household under a low-income situation, having lesser self-esteem, failing to have healthier relationships with peers especially women are some of the most countable factors.
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