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NCJ Number: 118983 Find in a Library
Title: Place of Gynocide and Sexual Aggression in the Classification of Crime (From Sex Murder and Sex Aggression: Phenomenology, Psychopathology, Psychodynamics and Prognosis, P 3-6, 1989, Eugene Revitch and Louis B Schlesinger -- See NCJ-118982)
Author(s): E Revitch; L B Schlesinger
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Commonly used classifications of criminal behavior overlook the dynamics involved in sexual aggression and sex murders, which can more usefully be classified in terms of the underlying motivations.
Abstract: Thus, legal classifications are based mainly on the principle of retribution, with the degree of punishment corresponding to the severity of the criminal act. However, the legal classification and the legal tests of degrees of culpability have little relevance to the dynamics of the criminal act. Other classification approaches have been offered by Clark, Halleck, Tanay, Broth and Hobson, Bromberg, MacDonald, Rada, the Massachusetts Treatment Center, and Revitch. Each of these approaches has specific limitations, however. In search of a common denominator in criminal behavior, the authors have focused on the motivational stimuli that lead to an offense. These stimuli are grouped on a scale, with environmental or sociogenic factors at one end and endogenous or psychogenic stimuli at the other. Cases of violence connected with organic and toxic conditions are grouped separately. The motivational has five categories: social, situational, impulsive, catathymic, and compulsive offenses. Some cases have characteristics and elements belonging to the adjoining elements. Most cases of sexual aggression belong in the catathymic and compulsive groups. These cases represent only a small proportion of sex offenses or of homicidal acts, however.
Main Term(s): Sex offense causes
Index Term(s): Gynocide; Offense classification; Psychological influences on crime
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