FBI Study: Inside the Mind of a Serial Rapist

Fair warning, this article is grizzly, but the information is valuable for folks working in multifamily and the real estate industry, and in general.

During the mid-80s, the FBI special agents assigned to The National Center of Violent Crime (NCAVC) conducted an extensive study of 41 men who combined, had raped 837 victims.  Below is the highlights of this study.  The full article is below.

From this study, the FBI was able to get inside the mind of a rapist to learn, among other things:

  • How often a rape is Premeditated, Impulsive, or Opportunistic.
  • The methods rapist put women in a vulnerable position (The Con, The Blitz, and the Surprise)
  • Chilling insight into the use/lack of use of force and/or violence during rape.
  • Statistics relating to the effect of a victim fighting back physically and/or verbally.
  • Insight into how rapist evade detection.

Major takeaways for the multifamily and real estate industry:

  1. The majority of rapes in the FBI study were premeditated.
  2. The “Con” approach was the most common way to isolate a victim.  A rapist asking for a home showing/apartment tour under false pretense remains the biggest risk in the real estate industry.
  3. Threats of violence are most commonly used to prevent the victim from resisting their attacker.  Threats of violence could also lead to victims being too fearful to report their crimes.  Statistically, only 32% of victims report their sexual assault.

To read the full report, click here.

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