Patterns of Rape Rapists have different motives for raping which creates distinct patterns of attacks. Each attack has its own pattern depending on the motives of the rapist. The patterns of rape include the anger rape, the power rape and the sadistic rape. The Anger Rape The anger rape accounts for forty percent of the rapes that occur nationwide. It is characterized by physical brutality with the rapist using far more force than is necessary to subdue the victim. The experience for the offender is one that is of conscious anger and rage. He expresses his rage both physically and verbally upon the victim during the attack. His aim is to hurt and debase his victim. He often shows his contempt through abusive and profane language. The anger rapist considers rape the ultimate offense he can commit against the victim. Such a rapist strikes sporadically and infrequently, because the attack will discharge his anger and relieves his frustrations for a time. But eventually he will reach his boiling point once more and offend again. His need is to hurt and degrade his victim, his weapon being sex and his motive is revenge. The Power Rape The objective of the power rapist is to control his victim, not to harm her. Sexuality becomes a way to compensate for his underlying feelings of inadequacy and feeds his issues of mastery, control, strength, authority and capability. The power rapist relies upon verbal threats, intimidation with a weapon, and only uses the amount of force necessary to subdue his victim. Nationally, power rapes account for fifty-five percent of all rapes. The power rapists tends to have fantasies about sexual conquests and rape. He may even believe that even though the victim initially resists him, that once he overpowers her, she will eventually enjoy the rape. He needs to believe that the victim enjoyed "it", and he may even ask her for a date later. Because this is only a fantasy, he does not feel reassured by either his own preformance or the victim's response.He feels that he must find another victim, convinced that this victim will be "the right one". Hence, his offenses may become repetitive and compulsive. He may commit a series of rapes over a short period of time. The Sadistic Rape In the sadistic rape, the rapist transforms anger and power so that aggression becomes sexual and thus eroticized for him. He finds intentional maltreatment of his victim sexually gratifying. He takes pleasure in her torment, distress and anguish. This type of rape accounts for five percent of rapes nationally. Sadistic rape usually involves torture and restraint. Sometimes it can take on ritualistic or other bizarre qualities. The victim's injuries will be primarly focused on the sexual areas of her body; there may be mutilation of these areas. The rapist may use some type of instrument or foreign object to penetrate his victim. The sadistic rapists' assautls are deliberate, caculated and preplanned. He will often wear a disguise or will blindfold his victim. Prostitutes or other women whom he preceives to be "promiscuous" are often the sadistic rapists targets. The victims of a sadistic rapist may not survive the attack. For some offenders, the ultimate satisfaction is gained from murdering the victim. Conclusion The most important step towards understanding both the offender and his crime is in recognizing that rape is not motivated by sexual desire nor is it fulfilling a need for sexual gratification. It is an act of violence motivated by anger, control and frustration--not sexual frustration. Rape is a way of sexually expressing aggression. Sex is then used as a weapon; it is the means, not the cause.