Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 219-231

First online:

Date rapists: Differential sexual socialization and relative deprivation

  • Eugene J. KaninAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, Purdue University

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Deviant sexual behavior has often been portrayed as the consequence of the frustration of legitimate sexual outlets. This study of date rapists reveals that these men, as a result of a hypersexual socialization process, are sexually very active, successful, and aspiring. These exaggerated aspiration levels are seen as responsible for instituting a high degree of sexual frustration. This acute relative deprivation, it is hypothesized, is a significant process responsible for precipitating these rape episodes.

Key words

rape date rape sexual exploitation sexual socialization