Sunday, October 08, 2006

Stranger Rapist Adopts Strategy Used by Date Rapists


WHITERIVER, Ariz. (AP) -- Officials have found an 11th victim of a rapist on the Fort Apache Reservation who poses as a police officer before he attacks girls and young women.

"We didn't think we were going to have an 11th victim," said Warren Youngman, an agent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. "Tomorrow, we could get another call saying there's another."
BIA investigators received an anonymous phone call about another possible victim and confirmed Thursday that the man raped the girl in May, Youngman said. Like most of the other victims, the girl did not come forward because she believed her attacker really was a
police officer.

All were attacked between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on a trail. The rapist wears a dark shirt and cap bearing the word "police," tells the girls they are under arrest, handcuffs them and rapes them, Youngman said.

Many people deny that date rape is real rape, but now in Arizona a serial stranger rapist is using the strategies used by date rapists to commit his crimes. He posed as someone trustworthy (see Twelve Step Program For Predatory Boyfriends) and maintained that illusion until he had control over his victim. By causing each of his victims to believe he is a member of the police and is someone considered an upstanding citizen, he -- like the date rapist -- knows that she will cooperate, at least until she senses a trap, and when it's over she will expect to be called a liar or worse if she reports what happened to her.

Like the date rapist, this stranger rapist uses a strategy designed to provide him with the cover needed to hunt new victims without being instantly seen as a predator.

In this particular case, the rapist's cover has been blown, but too many real rapists are still operating under the cover of being good boys or good men. We give those rapists additional cover every time we assume rape accusations against good boys and men must be false or blame victims for not recognizing the danger in time to prevent their own rape.

In short, as George W. Bush once said, "You're either with us or you're against us."

Rapists harm rape victims. Victim blamers harm rape victims and enable socially adept serial rapists. You do the math.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:02 AM   1 comments links to this post


At October 09, 2006 7:24 AM, Blogger Gracchi said...

Thanks for this post. It makes me incredibly sad that people would use an assumed position of trust in this way. In some ways I think that date-rape or stranger pretend date-rape is worse than any other kind because it breaks a bond of trust between two people who ought to trust each other. Obviously the result is the same. But a police officer or a boyfriend ought to care about the girl they are supposed to protect or love. Bit of a rambling post but hope you get the point.


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