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NCJ Number: NCJ 151023     Find in a Library
Title: Convicted Rapists' Vocabulary of Motive: Excuses and Justifications (From Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction, P 261-277, 1994, Patricia A and Peter Adler, eds. -- See NCJ-151012)
Author(s): D Scully ; J Marolla
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 17
  Annotation: Convicted rapists' accounts of their crimes include both excuses and justifications; those who deny what they did was rape justify their actions, while those who admit rape attempt to excuse it or themselves.
Abstract: Five themes run through attempts to justify rape: (1) women are seductresses; (2) women mean yes when they say no; (3) most women eventually relax and enjoy the sexual act; (4) nice girls do not get raped; and (5) rapists are only guilty of minor wrongdoing. Men who admit to rape believe rape is morally reprehensible, but they explain themselves and their acts by appealing to forces beyond their control. Predominating excuses for rape are alcohol and/or drug intoxication and emotional problems. Men who deny rape indicate they sexually assault because their value system provides no compelling reason not to do so. Denial is buttressed by the cultural view of men as sexually masterful and women as coy but seductive. Justifications for rape are based on the belief that women are commodities, and the sexual objectification of women is an important factor that trivializes and perhaps facilitates rape. In general, rape has multiple causes and is influenced by a number of social factors. Efforts to derive an acceptable explanation of rape have been retarded by the narrow focus of the medical model which assumes rapists are sick and which is preoccupied with clinical populations. 27 references, 5 notes, and 1 table
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Rapists ; Female sex roles ; Sexual assault victims ; Offender profiles ; Rape statistics ; Female victims ; Psychological influences on crime ; Rape research ; Sex offense causes ; Rape causes
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Reprinted from Social Problems, V 31, N 5 (1984)
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