My understanding of this issue is that rape is NOT a “sex” crime, it is an “rage” crime. I would hope that if the roots of this anger are addressed and adequately dealt with, with the rapist WANTING to have them addressed and dealt with in therapy, then it is possible for the rapist to move on and NOT offend again. (GOOD therapy, which is not always as easy to come by as would be best.)
However, as avalongod correctly pointed out, we are talking about getting CAUGHT raping again. Rape is a largely unreported crime, it appears. The fear of being made to feel as though the victim is somehow at fault… and the humiliation of the whole process of accusing someone appears to make most (or many) women (or men) reluctant to report this crime. Of course, this has improved a GREAT deal over that past…say, twenty years…but there is STILL a stigma attached to being raped. I fail to understand this, but then I fail to understand a LOT of things.
My understanding of “sex/rage” crimes…as in pedophile rapists, which are not rooted just in anger but also in sexual perversion…is that it is NOT possible to rehabilitate them.
Before anyone jumps all over me, I cannot give you cites. My opinion was formed over many years of reading almost anything that comes into my general vicinity…newspapers, magazine articles, books…whatever. ( I read like a fiend.) We had, in my state…not all that long ago, Wesley Allan Dodd. He was a pedophile, with a desire not only to rape, but to kill. He DID kill…three children. That we KNOW about. The last one was saved from his destruction by his mother’s boyfriend…who was keeping a close enough eye on the boy that he saw the attempted abduction and chased Dodd down…saving the child. Thank the good God.
From what I have read, this kind of offender cannot be rehabilitated. From what I have read, a pedophile is not capable of changing their sexual orientation, but… I notice that when an offender is released into our community, they are classified with a number that indicates how likely they are to offend. I assume this means that some are not able to control their urges, some are. I assume that the ones who ARE able to control their urges are the ones who wish to stop. In our newspaper, it is often stated that the lower level offenders attended programs disigned to help them change, or at least control, their urges. I notice that the higher level offenders often have declined to attend these programs. I assume that the ones who are at a high risk of re-offending but DID attend the programs are the ones who are actually sociopathic, since a sociopath is quite comfortable doing whatever is necessary to make it seem as though they are “safe.” (I refer you to Ted Bundy, who was a very likable chap, apparently.) They will do whatever it takes to get them wherever they want to be. Sociopaths, from my reading, see the world only as it revolves around THEM…if it is good for THEM, it is GOOD. No one else is really of any consequence.
I don’t really know what the answer is to any of this. All I know is that if you truly understand that your actions are hurting others and you want to stop, you can. With help.
I fear that many people are so damaged that they don’t WANT to stop…and they don’t WANT help…because they don’t believe they did anything wrong.