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Sunday August 3, 2008

Some key findings

RESEARCHERS Dr Rohana Ariffin, retired associate professor of Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang, and UiTM Malacca lecturer Rachel Samuel compiled some interesting data from their interviews with 90 convicted rapists. Below are some of the findings.

  • Over 61% of respondents come from families with more than five siblings.
  • Over 84.5% of the rapists interviewed earned less than RM2, 000 a month with 57.8% earning below RM1, 000.

  • The majority of rapists interviewed seemed to have a positive relationship with their mothers compared to their fathers.
  • Over half of them had their first sexual experience at an early age between 10 and 20 years old.
  • On preferred characteristics of females, 41% chose women with long to very long hair and 75% liked slim women.
  • Over half of the respondents wanted women between 10 and 29 years old.
  • Respondents were asked about their perception of women with their statements analysed using factor analysis with questions categorised into three groups: power of dominance, power of sexual desires and power of submission. The study shows that over half of them agreed that:

    – women were created to fulfil men’s desires

    – men are meant to lead women

    – women need to be taught and shown the right way.

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