Sexual Offender Dynamics

Sex Offenders

 

 

Rapist

 

"Gonna have Sex" Offenders
(also rapists)

 
  • know they are rapists/sex offenders
  • know they are committing rape
  • often commit other crimes as part of rape
  • choose their victims carefully
 
  • believe they are not rapists
  • believe they are just having sex
  • rarely commit other crimes as part of rape
  • are more opportunistic or create opportunities

Both have thinking errors that give them permission to commit sexual assaults.

This distinction is important because members of the general public may become confused when an honestly bewildered people clearly state that they are not rapists and did not commit a sexual assault. The bewilderment and righteous indignation of the accused can ring true.

But keep in mind the definition of sexual assault: Was the act unwanted and nonconsensual? The answer to this question will determine whether or not the act is a sexual assault; we do not define sexual assault by how upset the perpetrator becomes. The most cursory examination of “Gonna Have Sex” Offenders demonstrates that obtaining or ensuring consent was unimportant and even irrelevant to them. The sex offenders in this category are unlikely to be reported and therefore are part of the population of undetected rapists.

*Borrowed from Eastern Oregon University Student Affairs, Sex Matters Website, Copyright 2006*