Thursday, 20 December 2012

Part Of The Universal Human Condition

December 20, 2012, 3:38 am

Why Do Groups of Men Attack Lone Women?

"The psychologist David Lisak is an expert on violent crime, including murder and rape. He taught courses on the subject at the University of Massachusetts for 22 years, while working as a forensic consultant to universities, the U.S. military and law enforcement officials. He has worked on hundreds of criminal cases.

Dr. Lisak, 58, became a consultant to the United States Air Force Academy after a sexual assault scandal there in 2003. He works with military commanders and officers to educate them about sexual violence and its causes.

India Ink spoke with him after the gang rape of a young woman in Delhi this week, asking about what motivates men to attack women and what governments and law-enforcement officials can do to try to curb these attacks. Dr. Lisak emphasized that he has no expertise in India but said that many aspects of this subject, including power struggles and aggression, are part of the universal human condition."

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