Dr. Menachim Amir, an Israeli criminologist, did an intensive
survey of 646 rape cases handled by the Philadelphia Police Department from January to December 1958 and from January to December 1960. In his study, Patterns of Forcible Rape, he criticizes psychoanalytic interpretations of rapists’ behavior by pointing out that studies “indicate that sex offenders do not constitute a unique clinical or psychopathological type; nor are they as a group invariably more disturbed than the control groups to which they are compared.”
Or, as Allan Taylor, a parole officer in California, said: “Those men [convicted rapists] were the most normal men [in prison]. They had a lot of hang-ups, but they were the same hang-ups as men walking out on the street.”
In Amir’s study, most rapists were between fifteen and nineteen years old. Men twenty to twenty-four constituted the
second largest group. In 63. 8 percent of the cases, the offender and the victim were in the same age group ( ± 5 years); in 18. 6 percent, the victim was at least ten years younger than the offender; in 17. 6 percent, the victim was at least ten years older.
Our Blood, by Andrea Dworkin