Read this powerful retelling of child rape from the victim’s perspective. The article is entitled Stalking the Bogeymen, Coming to Grips with the Killer Inside Me. It is the self report of David Holthouse who was victimized as a child and he, as an adult, planned to confront and kill his “bogeyman”. You can listen the reading clicking this link and then forwarding it about 8 minutes. http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/01/david_holthouse_this_american_life.php (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Look at this chart & select ONE of the sets of questions to respond to:
Criminal Case Mortality – there are 141,000 rapes every year but that only results in 11,549 convictions
I would like you to begin using theory to understand criminal behavior. Read chapters 1-2 and incorporate the material into your response. Your responses (for all discussion forums) should demonstrate that you have read and understand the chapter assigned. In other words, use the chapter material in your discussion responses.
Select ONE of the sets of questions to respond to and respond to 2 of your peers (Your response/comments should be an evaluation of their perspective, pose questions for them to consider, and/or elaborate on their ideas in a meaningful way). Please number your response so I know which set of questions you’re addressing. Your original post (your answer to the questions below) should be at least 10 sentences in length for each set of questions. You should use the chapter material in your response to the questions. This is not an opinion post, but an analysis and application response.
Here are the questions:
1. EXAMINING CRIMINALS & VICTIMIZATION Under contemporary criminology in Chapter 1, what two theories do you think would be most helpful in understanding the crimes of the author’s bogeyman? Are there elements that we still need to know to formulate a better understanding of the bogeyman’s behavior? Read Chapter 2. How does the chart above reveal failures in the justice system? How do these failures impact report rates? Discuss reasons why victims of sexual violence do not report crime. What reasons did the author give for not telling anyone about his victimization? If someone came to you with a similar experience like the author’s, would advise him or her to report their childhood victimization as an adult?
2. EXAMINING A VICTIM TURNED PREDATOR Under contemporary criminology in Chapter 1, what two theories do you think would be most helpful in understanding the author’s crime planning of killing his rapist? If you were to sit down and interview David Holthouse, what would you want to know as a criminologist in training? Explain the importance of criminology in understanding Holthouse’s plan. The chart above refers to victimization rates and Chapter 2. How can social scientists accurately measure the number of sexually abused victims there are today? Do you think that as a victim, David Holthouse should have a right to justice? What form of justice do you think is appropriate in his case? Do you think offenders who were victims themselves should be treated differently in sentencing? Why, why not?
3. CLASSIC VIEW OF CRIME Compare and contrast two of the three main sociological theories on victims and seeking justice. These are discussed on page 17. How would each theory view Holthouse’s victimization? What form of justice would each theory seek? Which do you agree with and why? In regards to the chart above, which of the 3 theories best explains the discrepancy in numbers (the number of victims versus number of convictions)? Who are most likely to be victims of sexual abuse as far as race, sex, social class? Who are most likely to be offenders of sexual abuse as far as race, sex, social class?
Your original post should be 200 words minimum.
Classic View of Crime
According to Messerschmidt & Tomsen (2018), crime refers to behaviors that are against the established laws and they are punishable through the prescribed state laws depending on the magnitude of the crime. From chapter one, the functionalism theory is concerned about the societal elements contributing to people committing crimes. The conflict theory looks at the social factors as evidence of people committing crimes. The social factors like cultural beliefs, personal decisions greatly contributes to social inequality. Both theories are in agreement that when there is no control in the social ties between people, crime is likely to occur due to a weak system of controls. The functionalism theory views Holthouse victimization from the perspective of lack of strong controls of morality instituted by the two families concerning male and female interactions. The less restrictions provided an opportunity for Bogeyman to commit the crime of rape. From the conflict theory, the critical sociologist views of the Holthouse case is from the personal perspective, where the Bogeyman personally decided to commit the crime because he knew he had the back up of threatening Holthouse of societal stigmatization if she reported the crime to the parents. From the chart, conflict theory best explains the discrepancy on the crime rate reporting. Because victimized people fear societal views such as stigmatization, discrimination, less people will report crimes of rape. The process of identifying perpetrators is traumatizing; thus individuals would prefer not undergoing through the ordeal of reminding themselves of the past. Burying the past silently decreases chances of getting justice as shown in the chart. The female sex gender is more likely to be sexually abused due to classification as a weaker gender in society. The rich are likely to commit rape as they have accessibility to strong attorneys. The men are the most offenders of sexual crimes due to their masculinity. The middle and low-level social class are sexually abused because of poverty that makes them vulnerable to sexual predators.
Messerschmidt, J. W., & Tomsen, S. (2018). Masculinities and crime. In Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology (pp. 83-95). Routledge.