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NCJ Number: 65448 Find in a Library
Title: GYNOCIDE AND UNPROVOKED ATTACKS ON WOMEN
Journal: CORRECTIVE AND SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOR TECHNOLOGY METHODS AND THERAPY  Volume:26  Issue:1  Dated:(1980)  Pages:6-11
Author(s): E REVITCH
Corporate Author: Martin Psychiatric Research Foundation, Inc
Mid-Continent Hospital
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Martin Psychiatric Research Foundation, Inc
Olathe, KS 66061
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE PHENOMENOLOGY, DIAGNOSIS, DYNAMICS, AND PROGNOSIS OF SEXAULLY MOTIVATED ATTACKS ON AND MURDER OF WOMEN BY MALES ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: FREUD INDICATED THE CONNECTION OF SEX WITH AGGRESSION, AND MACLEAN DEMONSTRATED THE NEUROANATOMICAL SUBSTRATE OF THIS CONNECTION IN THE LIMBIC SYSTEM. MINOR ATTACKS ON WOMEN AND HOMICIDAL FANTASIES MAY PRECEDE THE ACTUAL GYNOCIDE. THE MURDER MAY OR MAY NOT BE ASSOCIATED WITH SEXUAL MOLESTATION, ERECTION, AND EJACULATION. CHOKING, KNIFING, AND BATTERING ARE INVOLVED IN THE MOST COMMON METHOD OF ATTACK, BASED UPON AN EXAMINATION OF 43 CASE STUDIES. ON SOME OCCASIONS, THE GYNOCIDE IS ACCOMPANIED BY CANNIBALISM, VAMPIRISM (DRINKING OF THE VICTIM'S BLOOD), AND NECROPHILIA. MANY OF THE CASES HAD A TENDENCY TO REPEAT AGGRESSION AGAINST WOMEN EVEN AFTER YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT. THE MOST COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OFFENDERS STUDIED WERE HOSTILITY TO WOMEN; PREOCCUPATION WITH MATERNAL SEXUAL CONDUCT; OVERT OR COVERT INCENTUOUS PREOCCUPATIONS; FEELINGS OF SEXUAL INFERIORITY, WEAKNESS, AND INADEQUACY; AND OCCASIONALLY, A NEED TO POSSESS AND OWN THE VICTIM. CATATHYMIC MURDERS (RELEASE OF ACCUMULATED PSYCHIC TENSION THROUGH EXPLOSIVE AGGRESSION), WHICH ARE USUALLY STIMULATED BY AN AMBIVALENT RELATIONSHIP WITH A FEMALE, GENERALLY HAVE A MORE FAVORABLE PROGNOSIS THAN GYNOCIDE INVOLVING REPETITIVE COMPULSIVE ATTACKS. A BIBLIOGRAPHY IS PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--RCB)
Index Term(s): Male offenders; Murder; Psychological research; Sex offenses; Sexual assault
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