Developmental Factors in Two Types of Marital Rapists

Etienne Dubois, Universite de Montreal
Jean Proulx, University of Montreal

The aim of the current study was to investigate the developmental factors in two types of incarcerated marital rapists. Forty-five offenders who had committed at least one sexual aggression against their female partners were included in this study and were classified using cluster analysis. Most of the subjects using the Type 1 pathway (n = 18) were the ex-husband of the victim. They had planned their offence and used a weapon during the event. Those offenders were less likely to use physical coercion to initiate the aggression, inflict physical injuries, or humiliate their victims compared to the aggressors of the other pathway. Subjects using the Type 2 pathway (n = 27) were usually the husband of the victim and most of these offenders had not planned their offence. Most sexual aggressions happened during the evening and offenders used physical coercion to initiate the aggression. A high level of physical and verbal coercion was used as these offenders inflicted physical injuries and humiliated their victims during the assault.

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