Voyeurism

Voyeurism, or voyeuristic disorder, is a paraphilia in which a person derives sexual pleasure from the act or fantasy of watching unsuspecting people while they are undressing, bathing, participating in sexual acts, or engaging in other private activities. Voyeurs are also commonly known as “Peeping Toms” or simply, “peepers.” Males are more likely to engage in voyeuristic behaviors…

Frotteurism

What is Frotteurism? Frotteuristic disorder, or frotteurism, is a paraphilia in which a person is sexually aroused by the act or fantasy of making unwanted—and often unrecognized—physical contact with others while in public spaces. Frotteuristic activities commonly occur in crowded areas where the victim might assume the physical contact is accidental. Settings typically include elevators,…

Zoophilia and Bestiality

What is Zoophilia? Zoophilia describes the feelings of sexual arousal or sexual preference for non-human animals. This form of sexual arousal is considered a paraphilia, or a condition characterized by atypical sexual desires. The actual act of engaging in sexual intercourse with animals is known as bestiality, thus an individual can be a zoophile without…

Necrophilia

Necrophilia describes a paraphilia in which an individual is aroused or attracted to fantasies of or potentially direct sexual contact with the dead. Contact between the necrophile and the corpse can take the form of penile-vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, oral sex, or masturbation in the presence of a corpse, but can also solely manifest as fantasy. Experts and lawmakers consider the explicit practice of necrophilia as…

Hotlines

The following is a compiled list of organizations and phone numbers we hope are resourceful. Although our team has put into researching credible and current establishments, please note that we do not endorse any of these organizations and are not notified of possible changes in contact information, so it is possible that some numbers may be…

Rape

Disclaimer: We acknowledge that there are many different words that individuals use to describe themselves after experiencing sexual assault. In this article we use the term ‘survivor’ for the sake of consistency. We acknowledge that there are many different ways of processing sexual violence, and believe each individual person should choose the language that they are…

Scatolophilia

Overview: What is Scatolophilia? Individuals who derive sexual pleasure from making obscene phone calls are called scatolophiliacs or scatolophiles. Scatolophila is similar to exhibitionism because it is a form of sexual assault intended to shock the victim and the aggressor often masturbates to the experience or to memories of it. Scatolophiles may use persuasive manipulation…