Sexual Deviance - Legal Issues

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Except for serious crimes like pedophilia and rape there are no universal laws against sexually deviant behaviors because of the blurred boundaries between typical and atypical sexual behaviors.

For example homosexuality is socially accepted as a sexual preference among consenting adults in many developed countries while in countries like India gay sex is bracketed along with bestiality and pedophilia as an “unnatural act” and can draw a punishment of up to ten years in prison. More recently there seems to be better tolerance for such behavior and it is possible that it maybe legalized.

Exhibitionism, voyeurism and frotteurism are usually treated as “nuisance” cases and not as serious crimes in many jurisdictions across the globe.

Sadomasochistic sexual practices can attract punishment if a participant reports being bodily harmed or coerced into participating in the act by another. If BDSM practices are reported by an unwilling partner, the practice can attract penalty under sections of criminal code that include sexual assault, sexual abuse, insult, battery, false imprisonment and coercion.

Rape is legally a crime but it often becomes difficult to convict a person for the crime because the victim rarely comes forward to reveal the act due to the potential publicity and damage to their reputation that it may cause.. For most part in history there were no strong legal sanctions that criminalized wartime rape. In 1996, for the first time sexual assault was treated as a war crime when the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia decreed that wartime rape is a crime that can attract severe criminal sanctions.

A person who has tested positive for HIV and willfully suppresses the information and engages in unprotected sex with partners who are unaware of the HIV positive status are liable to invite severe legal sanctions in many developed countries.

Pedophilia that prompts child sexual abuse is another deviant sexual behavior that is a serious crime in all jurisdictions all over the world. The deviance encourages child trafficking that is a current menace challenging legal systems everywhere. Cyberspace pedophilia is on the increase with predators luring innocent children through popular ‘Networking websites.’ In the absence of foolproof safeguards in the ‘Net space,’ the onus is on parents and responsible adults to protect children from pedophiles.


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I'm a divorced male in my early 50s. I was faithful to my wife for the 25 years married. She always rejected my romantic advances so I became accustomed to masturbating. My fantasies varied over the years during masturbation and my post divorce real life sexual encounters have been receiving meaningless anonymous oral sex from women and men. It's the only thing that seems to stimulate me to orgasm. Recently, I met the most beautiful, smart, sexy woman and I love her but she does not stimulate me enough to orgasm. I now realize I have completely disassociated sex and love. This is my problem to fix but it certainly affects her. I have stopped receiving anonymous sex but I still masturbate while thinking about it. Can anyone with medical or behavioral knowledge please suggest how I can get back to associating love and intimacy with exciting sex? She is starting to ask, "what's wrong?" and I don't know how to explain it. I really love this woman!

If your arousal is based on the anonymity, you will probably have to continue what you're doing and masturbate to your fantasy. If your arousal is based on oral pleasure, you will need too tell her "what's wrong" and trust that she cares enough about you to open up to the idea. Either way it will take time and either reconditioning or being satisfied with your masturbatory sessions and good lovemaking with someone you care for.


I have problems with both frotteurism and fetishism. The impulses are totally out of my control and despite my concience objections and strong will to refrain it is almost like I am posessed and can only stand by and watch. The frotterurism is weird to, I have an impulse to grasp a woman's skirt hem between my fingers without her noticing. I do this in bars and crowed malls mostly. The fetishism is the obsession with womens undergarments from the act of shopping for them to wearing them and filtching them out of my friends and neighbors laundry hampers. I really want to get over this stuff. Chronic mastubation is also a problem...definately associated sex addition from an early age. Never been sexually abused.....but started chronic masturbation very early....child hood considered abusive because very strict parenting causing daily fear and stress...neighborhood bullying also probmatic...and started sexual activity with partners late in life, 19.


i was at Kmart one day and i saw this guy walk up next to a lady with a short skirt he bends down to pretend to look at a dvd,he then picks up the dvd lifts up his shirt from his side and rubs his lower back or waste on her leg, she did not no it was deliberate he said sorry she said ''oh thats ok''he got up and walked away. i also have seen him do it in other stores same thing to women with short skirts

Pleaew list other nonj-coercive paraphilias besides coprophilia, urophilia, Klismaphilia,transvestic fertishism and S and M. Seeking background for a presentation

I once saw a middle aged Polish immigrant guy grab a young African American woman's butt on the downtown 1 train just north of 59th st - she whipped out her xacto knife from the sleeve of her jacket with ninja-like speed and, in less than a second the perverted guy was crying out in pain and bewilderment as his blood splattered the subway car's floor. My suggestion is that if you see this use your cellphone and snap a picture, even if you don't get the act, you can follow this guy around until you can get a good shot and then take the time to do a report with Metro Police. Two separate reports with the same photo, has the tendency to make the hunter the hunted.

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