Sexual Aggression and Rape
According to the law in many countries, rape occurs when the male penetrates the female in intercourse against her will. However, if he forces her to fellate him or perform anal intercourse, he only faces a lesser charge of indecent assault. In Denver in 1975, about half of the sexual aggression cases forced anal intercourse and fellatio89 which illustrates the misdirection of the law at this point. In fact, many rape charges are reduced to indecent assault because it is so difficult to prove by the legal definition that rape has occurred14. The important fact of rape is not that the individual has had intercourse or fellatio but that he has forced this body contact on an unwilling victim.
Sexual aggression is defined here as the forceful attainment of erotic gratification from an unwilling female, 16 years of age or older by a physically mature male. The term includes in addition to rape, frotteurism and toucheurism which often appear to be precursors of rape. Frottage refers to rubbing against a female for sexual gratification whereas toucheurism involves active use of the hands in touching her. In general, strangers are involved and crowded transit facilities in large cities are convenient sites for the acts to occur. However, the toucheur who acts out in lonely or deserted places may be more likely to progress to acts of rape. The etiology of various forms of sexual aggression is likely similar but if future work shows they are not, subcategories can be derived at that time. Like other kinds of sexual anomalies, writings on rape are overloaded with theory and are short on facts. One may also suspect some communality between the rapist and