Rape: a sexual deviation

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1977 Jul;47(3):400-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1977.tb01246.x.


Clinical work with offenders and victims is cited to support the concept of rape as a sexual deviation, as well as a sexual offense. It is suggested that rape is directed toward the sexual expression and gratification of needs that are not basically sexual, and that it represents a developmental crisis for the offender, which in turn triggers a situational crisis for the victim.

MeSH terms

  • Aggression
  • Anger
  • Compulsive Behavior
  • Dominance-Subordination
  • Drive
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / complications
  • Motivation
  • Paraphilic Disorders*
  • Rape*
  • Rejection, Psychology
  • Self Concept
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / complications
  • Stress, Psychological