- steal to feed themselves or their families.
- torture others to obtain information which can save thousands (although this one is a very dubious and questionable justification at best).
- kill someone in self-defense, to preserve their own life.
Analysis / Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
The logic behind rape being qualitatively different from other crimes runs something like this. We have created a hierarchy of evil, based on what does greater or lesser damages to the social contract but mitigated by necessity. Killing another human is the most destructive and in pretty much every society therefore punished the most harshly. But it is possible that killing another human being can be forgiven from need; self-defense or the defense of others. Even the violent suppression of a rebellion or the killing of an insolent underling by a leader can be construed as attempts to preserve the existing social contract. People may: