Criminal Justice Paper on Sexual Assault

Sadistic Sexual Assault

Introduction

Sadistic sexual assault is a form of abuse involving acts of torture, violence, over-control, ritual involvements, and emotional abuse. Persons from both genders can experience sadistic sexual assault at any age. For example, male children can experience sadistic sexual abuse perpetrated by either friends or family members. Young female children however experience the most common sadistic sexual assaults. The perpetrators are often close people such as fathers, uncles, neighbors, and even educators. Sadistic sexual assaults are always extreme as they involve severe and multiple forms of abuse leaving long term emotional, mental, psychological, and physical symptoms. The symptoms require prolonged complicated treatment courses. This research will therefore focus on sadistic sexual assaults among families and societies. It will also determine measures to undertake in order to reduce and prevent incidents facilitating sadistic sexual assaults (Hill, Habermann & Berner, 2006).

Richard Von Krafft Ebing named sadistic sexual assaults as the form of pairing sexual acts through domination, violence, and degradation. Perpetrators of sexual sadism are often driven by fantasies and sadistic dreams that can be identified through a psychoanalysis assessment. Thus, sexual fantasies should not be classified as sadistic sexual dreams unless the people involved to meet and fulfill them undergo confinement, experience pain, torture, suffering, and degradation. These constitute criminal actions prompting a criminal investigation to be undertaken to identify the offender and victim in case of a sadistic sexual assault (Krueger, 2010).

Factors Promoting Sadistic Sexual Assaults

Local, State, federal government levels often address issues relating to sadistic sexual assaults. As a result, legislations were enacted to ensure civil rights are upheld to ensure sadistic sexual assaults are addressed, resolved, and prevented. The legislations classify sadistic sexual assault offenders as sexually violent predators as they often use violence to inflict pain to the suffering and tortured victims. Thus, sexually violent predators are dangerous depending on various reports produced by psychiatrists and psychologists striving to advocate against sadistic sexual assaults. Janet Warren and Robert Hazelwood conducted a study comprising of twenty wives and/or girlfriends dating married and/or dating sexually sadistic males.  The study was conducted to explore sexual preferences among men with sexually sadistic behaviors while engaging in consensual sexual activities with their wives and/or girlfriends (Janet & Robert, 2002).

The researchers discovered that, sexually sadistic males and females are driven by the desire to meet and fulfill their sexual fantasies. The fantasies and dreams are however extreme as they may involve the sexual partners partaking in abnormal and even degrading acts during consensual sexual activities. As a result, the researchers had to determine how the sexual sadistic males would introduce their partners to their sexual fantasies. They however discovered that, more than eight percent of the participants were classified as sexual sadistic males as they prefer domination and over-control during sex. For example, a married man confirmed he prefers when his wife ties him up and hits him as these actions assist him to achieve sexual satisfaction. He however affirmed that, he has faced challenges to introduce his wife to his sexual fantasies. As a result, he has had to develop a sexual relationship with another woman open to his sexual fantasies. He affirmed that, unlike his wife the girlfriend is always willing to apply forms of violence and brutality coupled with domination in order to enhance the sexual satisfaction derived.  This affirms that, women often agree to experiment their male counterparts’ sexual fantasies which leads to a higher number of them being victims of sadistic sexual assaults (Janet & Robert, 2002).

This is because sexual sadistic males believe once a woman participates in fulfilling the extremely sadistic sexual fantasies; they should learn to embrace the new practice. Thus, strong, chauvinistic, and over-controlling sexual sadistic males often result to sadistic sexual assaults. This involves violating, beating, dominating, torturing, and brutalizing their female counterparts in attempts to meet and fulfill their sexual desires. Thus, offenders attributing to sadistic sexual assaults are often driven and motivated by sexual fantasies involving violence and degradation. This results to women being victimized by the sexual sadistic males as they lack the will and desire to lead a similar sexual lifestyle (Krueger, 2010).

There are however women who are willing to engage in consensual sadistic sexual activities. Warren and Robert discovered that, these women are often motivated by the desire to be noticed and provided with attention they have been lacking yet craving to achieve. Thus, they seek attention, affection, and acceptance from sexually sadistic and aggressive male partners. They believe complying with sadistic sexual activities will encourage the male partners to fall in love and even provide for them. There are is however number of women especially married and committed in a relationship that undergo sadistic sexual assaults due to fear. They fear for their lives and their children lives prompting them to comply and undergo sadistic sexual assault involuntarily (Nitschke, Blendl & Ottermann, 2009).

Other motivational factors facilitating sadistic sexual assaults involve the sense of isolation and dependency. For example, women often appreciate the sense of belonging, love, and acceptance in the family and society. Thus, when a married woman notices her husband is neglecting her and the family at large, she feels isolated. Among the participants, more than ninety percent of the women affirmed feelings of isolation prompt confrontations in the family. Thus, isolated women tend to engage in sadistic sexual activities with their husbands and boyfriends in attempts to regain his love, trust, and attention. This however encourages the sexually sadistic male to develop a sense of dependency in order to show his wife and/or girlfriend the love and attention she desires. Consequently, both partners develop a sense of dependency in order to meet their individual needs. It should however be noted that, the individual needs vary. This is because the sexually sadistic male needs to fulfill his sexual fantasies while the woman needs to encourage her partner to pay more attention and show love (Janet & Robert, 2002).

With regards to sadistic sexual assaults committed against young children, the offenders are also driven by extremely sadistic sexual fantasies. Sadistic sexual assaults among children are committed in households, nursing and childcare as well as educational, and other learning institutions. Therapists across the country have provided reports affirming that, perpetrators of sadistic sexual assaults against children are often extremely violent and abusive. This is because they rely on instilling fear against their victims in order to engage in the sadistic sexual acts with children to fulfill their perverted sexual behaviors and fantasies.  In 1980s, children suffered from sadistic sexual assaults perpetrated by perverted adults using bondage, force, and incarceration. These measures are still undertaken by adults relying on their perverted sexual fantasies to victimize children to meet and fulfill them. They are however applying other extreme sexual behaviors such as sodomy, mutilation, orgies, and actual killing of their victims. Ultimately, it can be affirmed that sadistic sexual assaults are often attributed by sexual fantasies. The sexual fantasies however cannot be regarded as socially dignified and accepted as they involve violence, brutality, torture, domination, and degradation (Krueger, 2010).

Symptoms of Sadistic Sexual Assaults

There are diverse sadistic elements that can be applied to ascertain a child or adult is a victim of sadistic sexual assault. The most common symptom involves the victim seeking medical help in a health care institution. The patients’ reports based on medical and police observations can confirm the following. Foremost, a victim of a sadistic sexual assault often has physical marks on their bodies due to violence, torture, and ritualistic punishments applied by the offender. For example, children can spot marks on their wrists as a confirmation that they had been tied up and subdued in order for the sadistic sexual male partner to violate the victims’ sexual innocence. The physical marks also involve blood spots on their private parts. This is because perpetrators of sadistic sexual assaults against children are adults with too much physical force and strength leading to wounding. With regards to adults, women often report physical marks on their bodies due to whipping, biting, pinching, and even cutting (Nitschke, Blendl & Ottermann, 2009).

These marks are also accompanied with pain on the victims’ hands, wrists, legs, and even private parts due to use of force and threats. On extreme incidents, victims of sadistic sexual assaults among children and adults can also report broken bones and inflammations. These symptoms should prompt the medical practitioners to seek psychiatric help on behalf of the patient in order to address emotional and mental abuse. Psychiatrics therefore provide various symptoms affirming a victim is or continues to experience sadistic sexual assaults. These symptoms include withdrawal. Children are often threatened in order to ensure they do not report the sadistic sexual assault to their parents, guardians and educators. As a result, they develop a mental and emotional withdrawal in order to withhold the physical and psychological pain (Nitschke, Blendl & Ottermann, 2009).

Another symptom is witnessed when a psychiatric mentions sadistic sexual acts such as being tied up to the victim. Such mentions often lead the victim to experience an outburst of emotions due to the mental and emotional pain, violence, and torture they have undergone. Distortions and dissociative gaps among the victims are also symptoms utilized by psychiatrics to identify victims of sadistic sexual assaults. These symptoms develop during flashbacks. For example, when the victim consistently experiences sadistic flashbacks, this leads to traumatic nightmares. Consequently, the victims develop social behaviors characterized with sadistic sexual assaults as they re-enact the sexual abuse and torture they have experienced (Krueger, 2010).

Most victims especially children also develop temporary amnesia in attempts to forget the forms of violence, suffering, pain, and torture inflicted on them by a sadistic sexual offender. Consistent temporary amnesia can lead to dissociative problems due to impaired thinking and reasoning capacities. For example, a victimized child often displays lack of social skills coupled with low grades with regards to school performance. During such occasions, psychiatrics advice parents, family members, friends, and educators to confirm the child is a victim of sadistic sexual assault. Consequently, the child should be allowed to seek psychological assistance from skilled and experienced psychiatrics. The psychiatrics however should not force or push the child towards disclosing their experience during the sadistic sexual assault (Nitschke, Blendl & Ottermann, 2009).

Addressing this symptom among adults should also apply similar precautionary measures. This is because victims of sadistic sexual assault require identifying a safe setting they believe they can discuss their experience without being judged or prejudiced.  It is evident that, symptoms of sadistic sexual assaults are physical, emotional, mental, and psychological. It is therefore vital to ensure victims of sadistic sexual assault seek treatment and help as soon as they report or it is discovered they are still undergoing the painful, violent, and torturing abuse (Doren & Elwood, 2009).

How to Address Sadistic Sexual Assaults

The main procedure in addressing sadistic sexual assault incidences should involve the victims reporting the sexual abuse to law agencies before seeking treatment. This will ensure the offender is identified, arrested and prosecuted accordingly. Consequently, skilled and experienced medical practitioners should treat the physical marks of abuse such as wounds, inflammations, and broken bones. More importantly, medical practitioners should determine if the victims have acquired sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/Aids.  Consequently, medicine to either treat or prevent sexually transmitted diseases ought to be administered immediately. As a result, the victim can seek help from a therapist or psychiatric in order to address the mental and emotional abuse. This will prevent the victim to suffer from psychotic-level regression and distress as it is destructive. Therapists and psychiatrics should therefore assist victims of sadistic sexual assaults to recover. They should ensure the victim does not suffer from anxiety attacks and other psychotic traumatic disorders (Wollert, 2007).

It is however vital to ensure the offender or perpetrator is identified and arrested to ensure he does not continue engaging in unethical abusive and criminal behavior while victimizing other people in the society. The law enforcement agencies such as the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime should apply legislations regarding to sexual abuse in order to prosecute the offender. More importantly, they should rely on the legislations enacted to prevent sadistic sexual assaults in the future. Consequently, the legislations can be applied in order to profile sexual offenders. This will ensure law agencies develop a program profiling, identifying, and tracking potential, actual, and repetitive sexual offenders in an area. For example, the Criminal Apprehension Program addresses criminal behaviors undertaken by repetitive offenders including sexually sadistic perpetrators (Hill, Habermann & Berner, 2006).

The law agencies should also develop collaborative efforts with health institutions. This will ensure victims seeking medical services due to sadistic sexual assault provide a report to the officers in order to track, arrest, and prosecute the offender. Medical practitioners should also acquire training on how to address victims of sadistic sexual assault neither willing nor cooperating to report to the law agencies. This will ensure all sexually sadistic criminals across local, State, and federal regions are reported, tracked, arrested, and prosecuted. Consequently, their identities should be included in the list of sexual offenders in order to warn other people from falling victims while ensuring the law agencies keep a track them to avoid sadistic sexual assaults in the future (Allen & Richard, 2012).

Conclusion

Sadistic sexual assaults result to social, economic, mental, emotional, and psychological pain on the victims. The offenders should therefore be reported to law enforcing agencies in order to be prosecuted for their crimes. Families, friends, and educators should therefore be keen in identifying symptoms of sadistic sexual assault. This will prevent and reduce the number of children who experience sadistic sexual assaults consistently. It will also encourage victimized adults to report, seek treatment and help before they suffer from psychotic disorders. Thus, sadistic sexual assaults ought to be addressed on social and individual levels as members of the communities are affected either directly or indirectly. More importantly, enforcement agencies should strive to ensure sadistic sexual offenders are eliminated from the society. Thus, they should ensure laws against sadistic sexual assaults are implemented and utilized effectively and efficiently to prosecute sadistic sexual offenders.

 

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