not unlike those employed by FBI profilers to predict the behavior of serial
killers, police and forensic psychologists have identified four profiles
of rapists defined by motive, style of attack and psychosexual characteristics.
The power-assertive rapist
The anger-retaliation rapist
The power-reassurance rapist
The anger-excitation rapist
rapist behaviour profiles provide information that may be helpful in determining
how best to respond to a specific kind of attacker.
These are the characteristics of each of the four rapist profiles:
rapist: Athletic, has a "macho" image of himself. More often than not,
this is the type who commits date rapes. He typically meets his victim
in a bar or nightclub. Instead of targeting a specific victim, he
looks for an opportunity to get a woman alone with him, perhaps with an
offer of a ride home or an invitation back to his place. Or he may con
his victim into trusting him or letting him into her home, perhaps by posing
as a policeman or repairman. Approximately 44 percent of rapes are
committed by power-assertive rapists. He is physically aggressive, and
will use the amount of force needed to control you -- degrading or obscene
language, [brandishing] a weapon, slapping or punching -- but he
does not intend to kill you.
begging and crying doesn't work with this guy. If you're going to resist,
you've got to be serious. You've got to scream and fight him as hard as
you can to get away.
Anger-retaliatory rapist: He feels animosity towards women and wants to
punish and degrade them. Often he is a substance abuser. He is impulsive
and has an explosive temper. He looks
for an opportunity to commit the rape rather than for a specific victim.
He attacks spontaneously
and brutalizes the woman into submission. Thirty percent of rapists fall
into the anger-retaliation
category. He will grab you from behind and drag you into the bushes.
He will often beat you to near-unconsciousness before committing the rape.
Any level of resistance
may well enrage him and cause him to beat the hell out of you until he
gets what he wants. He's not looking to kill you, but the beating could be fatal.
You do not want to challenge
or enrage this type of rapist. You could try to escape. If you cannot get
incapacitate the assailant, it's best to submit and try to limit the level
of violence of the
assault to the extent that you can.
rapist: He lacks the self-confidence and interpersonal skills to develop relationships
with women. He is passive and non-athletic. He lives or works near his victim, and "pre-selects"
her by peeping or stalking. He typically breaks into her home in the early hours
of the morning and awakens her. He uses minimal force and will threaten
her with a weapon,
but usually does not have one. He fantasizes that he is his victim's lover
so he may
ask her to disrobe or to wear a negligee and he will kiss her and engage
in foreplay. The
power-reassurance type accounts for 21 percent of rapists. He is the least
violent type of rapist, and does not intend to hurt or kill you, Among
the different types of rapists, he is most likely to be dissuaded if you
scream, cry, plead or fight." In general it is more probable that you can
discourage a rapist who uses this [power reassurance] approach. But you
could instead be dealing with a power assertive rapist who is starting
off with a softer approach. Try nonviolent tactics, crying, pleading, praying
aloud while you're sizing up the assailant. If it works you may be able
to escape the situation. But if he responds by becoming verbally abusive
or degrading, he is likely a power assertive rapist and you will have to
evaluate whether you are capable of fighting him off.
"Women need to
rely on their instincts. When confronted with a rapist they will try various
techniques. In this situation, take full advantage of your instincts in
trying to figure out which type of rapist you are dealing with".
rapist: A sadist, who derives sexual gratification from inflicting pain.
He is typically charming and intelligent. The crime is premeditated and
rehearsed methodically in his mind before it is attempted. His victims
may or may not be strangers. He will tie, gag and blindfold them
and torture them over a period of days, even recording his crimes in a
diary, taking photographs or videotaping them. Just five percent of rapists
fit this description.
four types he is the most criminally sophisticated and it's difficult to
catch him. He's got absolute control over you so there's no question of
any type of resistance or of escaping. Oftentimes he kills his victims,
either to get rid of a witness or to gratify a psychosexual need." This
is probably the most dangerous situation a woman can be in. If you're
tied up, you're going to have to match wits with this guy and trick him
or talk him into untying you so you have at least some chance of escape.
rapists are not murderers. It is less likely that a woman - even one who
has taken a women's self-defense course -- can overcome the intensity
of the violence that an anger rapist will inflict. But power rapists commit
nearly two-thirds of all rapes, and you have a fighting chance to fend
them off. If you assess the situation and feel confident of your
ability to fight or talk your way out of [being raped], go ahead and do
There are women who have yelled or fought back, whether they've taken self-defense
classes or not, and have not gotten raped. To tell a woman 'don't do anything,
be the passive female' is absolute (nonsense)."
the goal of all women who are in imminent danger of being raped is to avoid
it, they should rely on their instincts rather than assume that they have
to submit. But whatever her instincts tell her to do, if a woman
survives, she made the right choice.