posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 08:01 AM
This story of a woman being raped by two Texas cops this week (here
) got me to search
for other instances of police as rapists and stalkers and that led me to connecting the rape as an act of power to the power of the uniform so I
looked into it a bit.
Holmstrom and Burgess (1980), for example, emphasized power and anger as opposed to
the sexual motive. They reported that although rape always included power, anger and
sexuality, they proposed that sexuality was never the dominant theme, as in each case they
studied either power or anger dominated. They concluded that rape was the use of sexuality to express issues of power and anger. Similarly, Prentky
and Knight (1991) suggested that acute
feelings of social and sexual inadequacy may motivate a rapist to overcome these feelings by
asserting control and dominance in the most potentially threatening area to a
So we see common motivations for rape as vindictiveness, inadequacy, emotional turmoil, anger and power. Not unlike a child acting out inappropriately
in frustration for lack of a mature vehicle of expression.
On to the psychology of a police officer:
Joel Lefkowitz has identified two personality trait clusters which commonly appear in police officers.
Cluster 1 : isolation & secrecy, defensiveness and suspiciousness, and cynicism.
Suspiciousness and Cynicism increase with experience on the job.
Police feel misunderstood by the "civilians"
Lefkowitz refers to their situation as "socio-occupational isolation".
The psychological need for security : Many police officers come from middle class backgounds and jobs in law enforcement are seen as jobs which
you can keep as long as your able to work.
The desire to provide services for others. Police officers are community servants who help others on a daily basis.
Feelings of inadequacy, a desire for control and power, cynicism and a propensity toward violence.
Pair that with higher than average rates of domestic violence, alcoholism, suicides and divorce among police and there appears to be a trend of
unstable and unhealthy people filling the position.
Substance abuse among police
Divorce rates among police
DV in police families
The police personality from a paper on Officer.com
distrustful of outsiders
conservative (not necessarily politically, but rather resistant to change)
and holding other widely-shared attitudes about and beyond the mainstream view. (ref. 7 & 8)
...with a good policeman suspecting evil wherever he goes.
Seems to be a dangerous amount of overlap there.
Note that I'm largely using researched and reviewed police related sources for this. Not fringe anti-cop sources.
edit on 30-12-2011 by
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