RCASA’s Saturday Prevention: Profiles of Rapist

In Outreach, Sexual Assault Awareness on April 10, 2010 at 8:00 am

The FBI has established four personality characteristics to predict the behavior of rapists, defined by motive, style of attack and psychosexual characteristics. While most rapists will fit into one of the profiles, due to the fact that there are a variety of personalities, there is no one correct characteristic for a profile. Suspects may exhibit characteristics from one or more of the profiles.

Power Reassurance Rapist – 81%

To resolve self-doubts by reassuring himself of his masculinity with no real intent to further harm his victim.


  • Surprise Approach with force.
  • Strikes between midnight and 5 am, usually at the victim’s residence.
  • Selects victims through voyeurism.
  • Attacks victims who are alone or with small children.
  • Negotiates with the victim.
  • Does whatever the victim allows him to do.
  • Attacks in his own residence or work area.
  • Commits single assault.
  • May keep a diary.

Social Interaction:

  • Few friends
  • Self-concept as a loser
  • Menial job with little public contact

Power Assertive Rapist – 12%

To resolve self-doubts by reassuring himself of his masculinity with no real intent to further harm his victim.


  • Exploits opportunity after one or two dates
  • Slaps, hits, curses, tears rather than removes clothes
  • Waits 20-25 days between assaults
  • Performs multiple assaults
  • disrobes victim
  • Doesn’t use mask or disguise

Social Interaction:

  • Flashy car
  • frequents singles bars
  • “Hard hat” act
  • “Macho” type

Anger Retaliatory Rapist – 5%



To punish or degrade women by getting even; uses sex as a weapon for real or perceived injustices placed on him by women.


  • Acts spontaneously
  • Commits assaults in his own area
  • Social Interaction:
  • Loner
  • Minimal contact with others
  • Works at “Action jobs”

Anger Excitation Rapist – 2% 

Infliction of pain or erotic aggression.


  • Uses premeditated con-style approach
  • Immobilizes victim
  • Assaults away from his area
  • Uses weapon and/or tools of choice
  • Usually records his assaults
  • Learns quickly by experience
  • Does not experience remorse

Social Interaction:

  • Family man
  • “Good marriage”
  • Compulsive
  • Middle class

The experts have isolated a number of factors that can predispose one to becoming a rapist. Watch out for the following:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Tries to control elements of your life
  • Gets easily jealous
  • Gets angry if you offer to pay on a date
  • Is physically violent
  • Doesn’t view you as an equal
  • Is intimidating in a physical and emotional way

The following tips could well save you from becoming a victim.

  • Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with a person you don’t know well.
  • Check the credentials of anyone you let into your home (i.e. repairmen, market researchers)
  •  Date in groups or with a chaperone until you are comfortable with your partner.
  • Set firm limits on the amount of physical intimacy, if any, you will allow on a date.
  • Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable around a guy, get away.
  • If trapped with someone who is intent on rape, try passive resistance first. Try talking, screaming, even vomiting if you have to.
  • Failing passive resistance, move to active resistance. Don’t hesitate – fight back! Get angry – not afraid – that this person would dare to violate you. Bite, kick, scratch – whatever it takes.
  • In a date rape situation, use the shock tactic of calling the attack what it is. “This is rape! I’m calling the police,” may put a halt to the attack.
  • If you are unable to fend off the attack, concentrate on remembering details so you can identify the assailant later. Scratching him will leave forensic evidence with you.
  • If you are overpowered do not condemn yourself for not being able to resist.

 Given that 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.


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