Our expert says:
Sadly, of course, rapists are human. All humans are capable of ugly and violent acts, some are more capable than others, but all are responsible for controlling such possibilities and not acting on them.
Its really rare for anyone with a recognisable and relevant mental illness ro rape or commit acts of violence. The most likely diagnosis if an assessment were to be carried out, is an Antisocial Personality Disorder, which is a description rather than an excuse.
When you think of rapists as somehow sub-human, this is an expression of how revolted you are by their behavior. But it gets unpleasantly close to the psychopath's view of the rest of us as less human, or less relevantly so, to them, so our suffering is less significant to them if at all.
One thing that is certain, is that Mr Vavi (gosh but how the politicians here seem to be so keen to make lofty announcements as if they were shrinks!) is utterly wrong when, according to another news story, he insists that : " Colonialism, apartheid and international mining houses created serial killers and rapists, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says."
If so, how does he explain the rapes and killings in countries which have been neither colonised nor possess mines ?
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