Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration: Dynamics, Tactics, and the Psychology of Sex Offenders

Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration
Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration: Dynamics, Tactics, and the Psychology of Sex Offenders
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2018-06-07
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration
Unit 2 Recording: Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration
Unit 3 Webinar Notes: Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration

Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are brought to the forefront as more and more victims find their voices to speak up and tell their stories. Movements across the globe are being created so women can look out for each other and men can support them to prevent such incidents. Men also came forward to share their own experiences expressing how a terrible event can happen to anyone – male, female, gay, straight, young, old.

 

To shed light on the issue, today’s resource person is an expert when it comes to domestic and sexual violence. Dr. Tasha Menaker has an MA in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and is currently the Director of Sexual Violence Response Initiatives with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She conducts research and training related to sexual and domestic violence and provides technical assistance to sexual assault response teams and service providers.

 

Dr. Menaker joins today’s Justice Clearinghouse webinar to deep-dive on the statistics and dynamics involved in sexual assault, coercion tactics, and the characteristics of parties involved. Some of the areas she delved into include:

 

  • An overview of the three-part webinar series on sexual violence that she will be conducting with the Justice Clearinghouse.
  • The scope and limitation of the research and data she will be presenting to the webinar attendees.
  • An in-depth look into the sexual assault offender demographic that illustrates:

     

    • How both men and women can be a sexual assault perpetrator
    • Who are the victims of female sexual assault perpetrators
    • The background/history of female perpetrators
    • Frequencies based on the age groups
    • Statistics and cases of child abduction
  • How victims are being targeted based on their accessibility, vulnerability, and credibility.
  • The prevalence of perpetrators being close or is an acquaintance to the victim.
  • The foremost two motivations of offenders being sex and power.
  • Common characteristics of sex offenders as exhibiting or practicing:

     

    • Deviant sexual interests and preferences (i.e., fetishes)
    • Low self-esteem, poor social skills and inability to regulate emotions
    • Denial to recognize or accept the reality and consequence of their harmful behaviors
    • Cognitive issues and distortions
    • Lack of victim empathy
  • Various perpetration tactics of sexual coercion used by offenders including:

     

    • Persistent sexual advances
    • Verbal and emotional manipulation
    • Intoxication/using substances
    • Physical force, threats, harm
  • The differences in attack tactics employed by male and female perpetrators.
  • The most common weapons used in a sexual assault.
  • The concept of grooming and offenders’ grooming tactics to access children and build children’s trust in them.
  • Poll questions gauged the audience's exposure to sexual perpetrators in their jobs and their perception of common sexual perpetration tactics.
  • Some of the subjects raised during the Q&A segment include:

     

    • Online references and content that deal with sexual assault
    • Working towards lessening the stigma for victims
    • Screening domestic violence victims for the possibility of sexual assault/coercion
    • The motivation behind offenders’ actions
    • The difference in the tactics employed between male and female perpetrators
    • Instances where assault or grooming can be done at home
    • Sex offenders’ awareness of their offense and its consequences
    • Society and family’s role in creating a safer environment
    • Fusing seemingly opposing strategies of removing shame while respecting victims
Additional Resources
2 months ago
After the Webinar: Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration. Q&A with Dr. Tasha Menaker
Webinar presenter Dr. Tasha Menaker of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic […]
3 months ago
Understanding the Dynamics, Tactics, and the Psychology of Sex Offenders: An Interview with Dr. Tasha Menaker
With a sexual assault happening every  98 seconds in the US, (equalling 1 in 6 women and 1 i […]
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