An exploration of rapists’ motivations as illustrated by their crime scene actions: is the gender of the victim an influential factor?

Jamel, Joanna (2014) An exploration of rapists’ motivations as illustrated by their crime scene actions: is the gender of the victim an influential factor? Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 11(3), pp. 276-298. ISSN (print) 1544-4759

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Abstract

An aim of this paper was to examine if the rapist’s motivations of anger and power as inferred from rape crime scene behaviours differentiates between rape victim genders. In addition, it was sought to analyse the resistance strategies employed by rape victims to investigate whether gender influences victim–offender behavioural interactions. A sample of 24 female and 12 male rape victims aged from 13 to 39 years were analysed. The data were extracted from the US National Crime Survey, which contained 12 reported cases of male rape. It was hypothesised that the theme of power would be evident from the rapists’ behaviour as illustrated by the crime scene actions and victim–offender interaction. Smallest Space Analysis, a multi-dimensional scaling technique, was employed to identify the themes present in the perpetration of rape. The crime scene actions illustrated several distinctions relating to the theme of power present in the offender’s motives irrespective of the victim’s gender. An additional finding was that victim resistance strategies differentiated between male and female rape victims.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: male rape victims; motivation; stranger; crime scene actions; smallest space analysis
Research Area: Psychology
Sociology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology (from November 2012)
Depositing User: Joanna Jamel
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2014 10:39
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2015 11:31
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jip.1422
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/28821

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