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Differentiating sexual violence: A comparison of sexual homicide and rape.

Salfati, C. G. and Taylor, Paul J. (2006) Differentiating sexual violence: A comparison of sexual homicide and rape. Psychology, Crime & Law, 12 (2). pp. 107-125. ISSN 1477-2744

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Abstract

The present study sought to identify consistent patterns in the actions of sexually violent offenders to determine whether sexual homicide and rape reflect different behavioral emphasis of a single thematic model of sexual assault. Crime scene behaviors of 74 (37 sexual homicides and 37 rapes) solved cases of sexual assaults were compared, and results of a multi-dimensional analysis revealed three thematic styles of interacting with the victim during a sexual assault (Exploit, Control, and Violent). Further analysis indicated that offender!/victim interactions in sexual homicide and rape are predominantly distinguished by the degree of violence, such that behaviors associated with each type of offense were found to occur in two discrete areas along a single continuum. Findings are discussed in terms of producing a general framework for understanding sexual violent interactions.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Psychology, Crime & Law
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homicide ; rape ; sexual assault ; violence ; crime scene behaviors ; profiling
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 11015
Deposited By: Dr Paul Taylor
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2008 16:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 11:52
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11015

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