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Why Do Men Rape?

This question has been there since ages but with no satisfactory answer but today I give the best possible explanation and way to prevent it.

Rape is heinous act which has been committed by human beings since ages. Several efforts are being tried but none of them could provide evergreen success. This problem is not as easy as it seems because there is no single scenario/situation in which this problem exists. This makes the it more difficult to find solution because there is no solution to address this problem in kinds of situation. A very reason of inability to curb this problem. Some of main factors which might be commonly attributed for such an act are:

  1. Drug abuse
  2. Alcohol consumption
  3. Negative feelings for the concerned person.
  4. Mentally Disorder
  5. Urge to show dominance

The interesting thing is that the situation declared are nothing special but very common. Still, these conditions are listed for this crime. For example, people around the world get drunk, but not everyone end up committing such a crime. Similarly, different people try to show their dominance in the form of Scientists, Businessman, Sportsman, Politicians, Terrorists and Rapists. The only plausible reason for such a variation is the variation in th environmental and genetic factors. Among them also, the most important factor is the genetic factor because the genes generally have more impact on person’s behavior as compared to its environment.

Secondly, there have been scientific studies which have shown that many of the human behaviors are driven by its genetic factors. Hence, if in future if scientists are able to link the raping tendency of people to some genes. It will become more easy to control such people. since, such genes can be identified at very early age and such people can kept under check to ensure that no such crimes are committed by them in future.

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  1. lost soul

    On November 30, 2007 at 6:39 am


    mbd what u think is wrong??????
    and i would like to tell u one thing that every research starts with some hypothesis.

  2. b. radley

    On December 10, 2007 at 5:11 pm


    hi,
    this is an interesting article. The mind of a criminal, in general, is very complex and requires the exploration of various theories to explain why someone has committed such a horrific crime.

    Also, I would change the title of your article. It should state “why ONLY men Rape” as opposed to “Why men ONLY rape”. Your title suggests that men do nothing else but rape. i think what you intended it to mean is that out of the two sexes, it is men only, not women, who tend to rape. Just a suggestion. Thanks for the interesting read.

  3. nayana

    On January 7, 2008 at 8:57 am


    this is a very gross assumption and arrangement of logic.
    “every one knows that it is easy to control yourself once than five times a day and not everyone has got a very high will power which leads to certain exceptions and those exceptions are rapist.”

    how can u make such a statement?

    there are various ways of fulfilling one’s desires and i need not say that even rapists indulge in them. i’m talking about masturbation. u never mentioned this point.

    acc. to me, it has got to do less with libido and more with the male chauvinistic dominating nature coupled with some triggers of testosterone (and also neurotransmitters in brain) such that one is addicted to ‘feeling high and powerful’ all the time. this necessity of ‘feeling powerful’ & not ‘lack of willpower’ is the key to the MYSTERY, as u quoted it.

    and there are women too who indulge in rape crimes. but the no is comparatively less as the dominating capacity in terms of physical strength is undoubtedly and generally lesser.

  4. Raja

    On January 7, 2008 at 11:01 am


    Hi,
    i heard a general saying dat a female has more desire towards sex than a male!
    I wont accept dat 1ly males indulge in rape!!!
    As some reasons wr thr such as social make up, thr strength comparing to males, so on act as a barrier 2 females!!!

    And as Nayana siad masturbating s not included in d article!

    “So, in my opinion a rapist in general is not a criminal but a patient who needs a medical treatment rather than any corporal punishment.” i do accept dis statement in accordance wit some cases such as d incident in Noida, India.

    Acc to me dis s a serious issue as Cancer and shd b dealt wit importance!!!!

  5. Wamaitha

    On February 4, 2008 at 8:17 am


    Just wondering if you are Venkat Barla who once worked in Nairobi.

  6. apple i-fcuk

    On March 3, 2008 at 1:22 am


    becoz men got usb pen drives n they got usb slots… if they reveal these slots to men like nething one will sure plug his pen drive n transfer the data…

  7. ic

    On June 5, 2008 at 6:45 am


    First of all there is a log of unnecessary baggage about rape. Rape is just like any other crime, but women attach lot of importance to their virginity and modesty and make it appear as if it is one bug deal.

    I fully agree that rape is about consent being violated, but consent violation is crime in some hundreds of other cases. For e.g. when a gang beats another male then also consent i s violated. I think all cases of consent violation should be treated equally and punished equally. Rape in modern world where man and woman are treated same should be abolished as a separate crime and should rather be treated at par with multitude of other crimes.

    Some people give a logic of male being held responsible for intense sexual feeling and that he and only should be blamed if he can not control his urge. In that case, the ignominy a rape victim suffers if also mostly in her own mind (as most of reported rapes have little or no evidence of gross physical abuse) and then female and only should be responsible for managing her feeling of ignominy. The state of society can cater to violation of consent and punish rapist for violation of consent to the same degree as it can punish any violation of consent whatsoever that happens all around us. Why should state punish a rapist beyond violation of consent to compensate of ignominy the victim claims to suffer from? Is not that ignominy also a state of mind just like the sexual urge of rapist is also a state of mind?

    If we do not make such a huge cry for every single incident of rape, accept rape is any other crime and do not discriminate against the victim (as if she has been rendered untouchable) and treat the rape victim like any other normal human being (who has got offended in life) the violent nature of the crime of rape, will dies its own death.

    Rape is an offshoot of patriarchal society which considers as of something grossly wrong has happened if a woman has been raped because it tries to treat woman as property owned by a single man. Where as the fact is that Rape is all about violation of consent and should be treated according both by society and by law.

  8. IC

    On June 5, 2008 at 6:48 am


    First of all there is a log of unnecessary baggage attached to rape. Rape is just like any other crime, but somehow for some vague reason women attach lot of importance to their virginity and modesty and make it appear as if it is one big deal.

    I fully agree that rape is about consent being violated, but consent violation is crime in hundreds of other cases. For e.g. when a gang/goon beats another male then also consent is violated. I think all cases of consent violation should be treated equally and punished equally. Rape in modern world where man and woman are treated same should be abolished as a separate crime and should rather be treated at par with multitude of other crimes.

    Some people give a logic of male being held responsible for intense sexual feeling and that he and only should be blamed if he can not control his urge. In that case, the ignominy a rape victim suffers if also mostly in her own mind (as most of reported rapes have little or no evidence of gross physical abuse) and then female and only she should be responsible for her feeling the ignominy. The state of society can cater to violation of consent and punish rapist for violation of consent to the same degree as it can punish any violation of consent in whatever form that happens to all around us. Why should state punish a rapist beyond violation of consent to compensate of ignominy the victim claims to suffer from? Is not that ignominy also a state of mind just like the sexual urge of rapist is also a state of mind?

    If we do not make such a huge cry for every single incident of rape, accept rape is any other crime and do not discriminate against the victim (as if she has been rendered untouchable) and treat the rape victim like many other normal human beings (who have got offended in life) the violent nature of the crime of rape, will dies its own death.

    Rape is an offshoot of patriarchal society which considers as of something grossly wrong has happened if a woman has been raped because it tries to treat woman as property owned by a single man. Where as the fact is that Rape is all about violation of consent and should be treated according both by society and by law.

  9. sri hari chandan

    On June 7, 2008 at 2:40 am


    this is an interesting article iam a biotch student presently studing and having my research on criminals /or rapists this happens the desire for male is more but the stamina is more for girls for the fullfillment of their desire.
    but why th desire is les because they have more pain and some effects which male doesnt experience.but ur right reason why men rape because the androgen receptor gene is more flodded with testosterone hormones in rapists hence hence there is no proper end for an act of hormone attaching to the receptor and persuing the next activity that is release of sperms and fullfillment of that desire reqiure that particular lady

  10. ur guide

    On June 7, 2008 at 1:03 pm


    thanks sri hari chandan for such good logical explanation.

  11. Rohan

    On June 13, 2008 at 11:45 am


    I agree with most points in this article except that women don’t rape. I mean to say, women too commit rape. Why does it happen that most rapes are committed by men/ It is because women are not as strong as men are and traditional society had codes for women. In return, women got moral superiority. Given a chance, women will commit rape and all crimes that men commit.

    Some people have talked about ‘Patriarchy’. This term is an invention of feminists to sell their concepts. Society has always been led by men. The role of men and women are not the same and men have always led the society. What has that got to do with rape? Women commit it too.

  12. Archana

    On June 16, 2008 at 5:03 am


    There are many ways for satisfying the sex of the person. There are many call girls in the city. If he’s unable to meet the expenses he should atleast meet a councellor or a Doctor who could probably help him. But simply going and raping a girl/women just because he can’t control is bruital. I really cant term them as patient or sickness. I can just term it as easy grab method. And if you look at the ratio many rape cases take place once the guy gets a chance, it is not about the illness it is about the chance. So i think guys if you really feel that urge get someone who can do the work for you, get married or get someone who can sleep for some money or just do it by urself….but plzzzzzzz…ERADICATE RAPE…..It is more dreadfull than any virus….

  13. IC

    On June 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm


    I agree with “Archana” that rape is a crime…But i do not agree with her when someone tries to sound like rape is the deadliest crime or virus e.t.c

    I think more than fighting rape what we have to fight is the was society perceives rape. Rape like any other crime will and can never will be eradicated. The more strict the laws we make more innocents would get trapped but rape would never die.

    Rape is just a distortion present in human genes of both men and women. In fact there are quite a few stories on internet where many genuine women on their blogs have expressed desire or fantasised to be raped by strangers, even though understandably everybody(man or woman) will surely dislike the physical pain e.t.c assocated with act of rape.

    The problem as I see is more in the soceity we live. The most and in fact more than 80% of pain caused to rape victim is done by society and not by rapist. If society started treating rape victims as any other normal victim and start treating them with equality and compassion(but and not any undue sympathy) rape would have lesser and lesser impact on our society. Sex as a tabbu which is present in our sexually repressive culture has to be eradicated and Rape should start getting treated as any other crime of physical violation.

  14. sumit

    On June 23, 2008 at 4:56 am


    Hey man u forgot females seduce n there job is done its very simple for them as men r very much pron to it.
    where as comparativly men has to do lots of things to win his girl so some of us r naturally good at this game and some of us r not.

    Out of them most of the people r capable of keeping there urges under control by finding alternate methods and the few who cannot thed to commit the crime.

  15. Aditi

    On June 28, 2008 at 9:31 am


    I wud disagree to the notion that mr hari chanden tried to make. I am a PHD and have done my masters in moleclar bio and genetics and currently pursuing my phd in role of MTHFR gene in Leukemia.
    Human behaviour is a combination of genes as well as envirnomental stimulas.Envirnoment stimulate genes. It is true that some rapists have high testrostone levels but that should not be reason enough to amount to rape.Mother nature is not that unthoughful to women.
    Testostrone is a hormone available in both males and females and in predominantly high amounts in males.Its functiion is to make the males better providers for their family. Testostrone makes the male an aggressive fighter and more muscular & stronger the than female as his primary function is to fend for his family agsaint danger and competitors, which in all can be summed up as females giving life and males protecting it. When this testostrone pumped male lives in a society that teaches him that he is more superior than females that he can dominate them and do whatever he may please to them as \” he is a man\” it goes against what it was intended for. So instead of protecting women he ends up raping and dominating them. How can any1 one make a statement like \” men rape as they have more sexual activity ? and if that staement is true then testostrone cannot be the reason for it…there were about 365 cases of rape in delhi alone which were reported and 300 cases of molestation and 66 cases of child molestation..how can u explain a 50 yr old man sexually assaulting a child? is that also a case where mr Sumit wrote \” Hey man u forgot females seduce n there job is done its very simple for them as men r very much pron to it\” this is sick & disgusting . Would there be a child who can or wud possibly seduce a man? It is the man who is a peverted monster who can view a child as a sexual object who he can screw coz he is bigger and stronger and can easily get away with it..men rant about saying oh she was asking for it dressing like that…but a child a 4yr old girl?? how was she be asking for it or seducing a man can u explain mr sumit…??? Also i being a woman i can tell u that all those women who so called \” dressed like that \” didnt do it for getting raped..if they knew any better they wouldnt have…those women dressed just the way they wanted to coz they felt that they live in a cultured, equal, fair and just society where they are safe and wouldnt be viewed as mere sex objects to saisfy the uncontrolled urges of a horny man…
    Rape is not just saisfying a mans sexual urge it is more henious than that…it means that as a women u r only a sex object..i am powerful and dominating coz the weak laws and society permits me to be..and hence i shall put u back to your place as a sex object by raping u physically and scarring you emotionally and mentally for the rest of ur live coz its easy to get away with..if it was all about testostrone then let me tell u as a biologist that such high levels of testestrone can make a man a superior athlete and also a sports man…of 365 rapists none were olypmic athletes or swimmers or anything at all…then y doees all their aggression come out only against women…these same men wud think twice before picking on a man of their size ot these same women wudnt have been raped if they were accopmanied by brothers , or male friends…its only coz indian society which is still sadly run mostly by males thinks its ok to stare at the poor college girl coz she is young and therefore \”must be asking for it rite\”? this is the answer i got wen a friend was stared at by a 40 yr old man…its a shame ..society as a whole is made of women as well as women and can progress if u keep abusing the other half in the name of sexual urges..

  16. Aditi

    On July 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm


    well u didnt read btw the lines i suppose coz ur mind was already made…n so u didnt realyy understnad the significance of my statement…none of those testestrone pumped men who commited rape were athletes means that all their aggression only comes out at women and not anything worthwhile like sports which also requires good dose of that hormone so why this paradox…maybe coz women are vulnerable..??? bingo….

  17. queeny6ks

    On July 31, 2008 at 11:10 am


    If you women walk around with your assess and breast in men faces all the time ,don,t you think that men will rape you. men love the shape of women ,there smell,everthing about them.women are like stake to them.i bet if you cover yourself up men will not RAPE so much. like women in the mideast they understand men so they cover up ,so they are not a victum of rape.like people in the usa, women get RAPE everday over there. why?

  18. hey

    On January 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm


    maybe if prostitution was legalized, then the number of rates would drop

  19. brookesh

    On February 3, 2009 at 12:35 am


    yes, let’s pity men (and 99% of the time it is a male perpetrator) who steal all the dignity and self-worth a person has and give them a slap on the wrist. raping a person is a choice. there may be biological factors that come into play like testosterone but most men never rape. psychoanalyzing rapists and giving them meds isn’t going to do much to deter people from choosing to rape in the future.

  20. Sophie

    On February 9, 2009 at 2:57 am


    “So, this indicates strongly that only the genes of a particular individual decide what he has to become.”

    That is so deeply wrong.

  21. humanrights

    On February 15, 2009 at 2:27 am


    Bottomline:
    Men rape because they are built that way. Instead of debating the issue more emphasis should be put on subduing this disease. Perhaps worldwide female empowerment, family planning so that there are fewer orphans, education for both sexes around this male disease. Women attending Codependent’s Anonymous so as to avoid the idea that men are similar to women…don’t confuse yourelf and a man…women and men are not the same.
    Speak out.
    Talk to men about their disease.
    Report abuse.
    Remind men that this is their issue.
    Rape is something no one benefits from. It’s cowardly and stupid. It’s part of the old school patriarchy that is definitely phasing out. No one is interested in what men bring to sexuality as long as rape is so popular. Surely chemical castration for rapists is favorable.
    Don’t support art or media that promotes male domination.

    And so on…

  22. mad

    On March 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm


    No sources? No referenced research? Please people, don’t transform “opinion” to fact just because its repeated over and over.

    RESEARCH!!! SOURCES!! REFERENCED STUDIES!

    Stupid response to a very serious topic. Go and do your homework before clogging this space up.

  23. kate

    On March 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm


    “So, in my opinion a rapist in general is not a criminal but a patient who needs a medical treatment rather than any corporal punishment.”
    And what about their victims? You want to deprive them of the only thing they can get which is their attacker to be locked up, away from them.

  24. jillian

    On March 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm


    this is stupid.

    your arguments are not at all rigorous.

    rape is about will power?

    you’re ignorant my poor little friend.

  25. dan

    On March 15, 2009 at 11:49 am


    There is a lot of ignorance in the article and these comments. Women in Egypt totally covered up are being molested and harassed by men, so it is not the clothing issue. Nuns and chaste women, and little girls and babies get raped. To say there is no physical damage is silly. Rape lacerates tissues, rapists often bite and mutilate the woman, and use objects that inflict torture as that part of a woman’s body is extremely sensitive. The rapist often uses the woman’s blood as lubricant. Please research what is happening in Congo, and Darfur. The woman is also often severely beaten and choked. Men can masturbte, so why terrorize a woman to get relief? There is more to it, need for brutal domination, fear and hatred of women, and being sexually aroused by fear in the woman.
    Women take it seriously because of course men and family will reject them. Society does not give them the skills or right to look after temselves economically They are also psychologically damaged by being hurt. Many will be afraid of any male, and feel worthless and helpless and damaged. This can affect the kind of affection and care they can give to family and everybody thus suffers. Just think that she is hurt and damaged in the body part from which she is supposed to joyfully bring forth new life – her true womanhood. Men care much if their manhood is damaged or destroyed. Why shouldn’t women> If thousands of men were being castrated in the Congo the whole world would act, but not for those women. And Darfur, raping girls and then breaking their legs and leaving them in the desert to die? Thank you for the caring men who have written in here – they are the pillars of their communities and their families. In some societies the girl is killed for being raped and the man is not censured. It takes other men to put this straight and support and protect the females

  26. jodee

    On April 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm


    My opinion is that men will rape for two reasons:
    #1. For sexual desire, or to get off
    #2. Because they can, they can dominate and control someone weaker than them. Usually losers guys w/o status or nothing to offer females will be more prone to do the behaviour for reason #1. I think rape is one notch below murder that’s how horrific i think it is and if u ever been raped u will agree.

  27. Brenda K. Winters

    On May 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm


    Have you read my article on Triond about Myths Concerning Rape. Rape has to do with control issues and not sexual pleasure.Small babies and very elderly women get raped and America has one of the highest rape rates in the world. Why? We raise our male children improperly.Many are taught that females are sex “objects” and not humans. It is an under reported crime.

  28. R.

    On June 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm


    damn you people are soooo stupid. typical women and even more typical men bending over backwards to get their cyber afermations.

    angryharry.com

    (i’m a guy, so rip away ladies lolz).
    good luck to all. you’ll need it.

  29. lilly

    On July 31, 2009 at 2:19 pm


    ridiculus women i ancient history were naked and it didnt make any difference they were raped anywayz

  30. Fiona

    On December 6, 2009 at 3:50 am


    I understand that this is an opinion article, but there needs to be research put in to any article; especially one as sensitive as rape. Honestly, I feel that this is quite slanted and mildly offensive.
    Yes, some times rape does have something to do with an overpowered sex drive, but in that case, a person can go out and find a consensual partner. Saying that rape is an outcome of an overactive sex drive is very much like saying that if a man rapes a women while drunk, it’s a consequence of the alcohol. It’s really just shifting the blame.

    The fact of the matter is that rape is a product of control. Men are psychologically more controlling than women. It goes back to the roots of our “hunter/gatherer” origins and even the laws of that which until very recently were the basis of our society.

    Rape, very often, isn’t about sexual desire at all. It’s all about control and the need to completely dominate another human being. Sometimes, sexual stimulation is derived from the idea of control, but the root of it is very rarely a sex drive in its own.

  31. anonymous

    On April 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm


    This implies that rapists act spontaneously, when in fact often, rape is planned and tactical.

  32. SK

    On May 31, 2010 at 8:34 am


    Most people who have never had sex before generally suffer from rape related thoughts..i.e the sexually starved people..
    .Which means that guys need to controll in the following ways:-
    1.) Best option:-Full control i.e no sex wid any gal till marriage.
    2.) 2ns best option:-Have limited /controlled sex with their girl friends.(Nowadays in India, it is easy to get a girl to say yes).
    3.) 3rd best option;- If not any of the above 2, then gfo for a call girl to satisfy the lust,
    4.) This is the last option that men resort to i.e to take what is not theirs…i.e rape women (Not recommended-GOD is watching ! ! ! )

    But the 1st is the best option the as the the tendency of raping a woman will increas if u go to option 2 and 3.

  33. Aine

    On August 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm


    I agree with Fiona! being a RAPIST is NOT the same as a person who wants sex or more sex than they r having, i mean, come on! most men can satisfy themselves in numerous ways and wouldnt dream of rape! The priests who were raping young boys in Ireland etc were not men pineing for the sexual fulfillment of being with a woman and if they wanted to break the rules, they could have gon out and found a woman to have consenual sex or a relationship! Rape has no place in the animal kingdom, not among higher-developed animals anyway, if a female is not in season, males do not resort too rape! nor do they rape their offspring! Rape is an evil act, men who rape women or chidren have the devil in them, they are destroyers of souls&lives, monsters! it is about a violent act against someone weaker.

  34. Mika

    On August 26, 2010 at 1:48 am


    Men are more sexually active than women. Most men feel the need to dominate because they are stronger. And sometimes it\’s the woman to blame also, but not always. They rape women because of 5 reasons.

    1. They feel the need to dominate.
    2. They feel women aren’t equal to them
    3. To relieve stress.
    4.To Procreate
    5. And for biological reasons

  35. Dan

    On November 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm


    Having a Criminology degree, I can assure you that your thesis here is wrong. Nice try, but these are nothing but your own opinions. If you want a suggestion, do some research on the subject and then rewrite your essay. It is an important topic, and the well documented facts should be clearly stated – even if you have alternate theories (as do some psychologists) of the reason. In addition, there is Female on Male rape, in addition to female perpetrated pedophilia, although both are at a much less degree statistically than with male perpetrators. The “causes” of rape – and I can also assure you that is is not a “disease” – are worthy of a properly researched presentation.

  36. neena

    On December 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm


    Aslamoalaikum, i think simple thing is that, both the biological and the environmental causes are responsible, biological factors aren’t dominating at once but when the person finds no rules in society in which he is living which is his environment for a particular problem he commits that act and after encountering this his biological factors starts dominating.these flaws in society then gave him the power of doing that act and a rapist person is a criminal not a patient in true sense because he has ruined or destroyed life of a person who is surviving in the society.This person who is willing to do crime is obviousely a man, not in all the cases because there is sexual desire in women either less or more.

  37. This article is rubbish

    On January 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm


    Rape is not a biological urge, it is the opposite of what keeps people healthy physically, mentally and emotionally making it completely unnecessary for social functioning, reproduction or survival.

    Perhaps boys/men/everyone needs to be better informed about this so they stop being confused and stop making up excuses for it.

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