Voyeurism is the sexual interest in or practice of watching other people engaged in intimate behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activity , or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature. The term comes from the French voir which means "to see". A male voyeur is commonly labelled as "Peeping Tom" or a "Jags", a term which originates from the Lady Godiva legend. The American Psychiatric Association has classified certain voyeuristic fantasies, urges and behaviour patterns as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM-IV if the person has acted on these urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty. In order to be diagnosed with voyeuristic disorder the symptoms must persist for over six months and the person in question must be over the age of There is relatively little academic research regarding voyeurism.
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The Oceanside Police Department said a woman was grabbed and sexually assaulted by a man on Sept. Investigators believe this man is also responsible for six other peeping or indecent exposure incidents in the area dating back to mid-June. Police said the man is usually nude. The OPD described the man suspected in these sex crimes as being a white man in his 20s or 30s, with black, military-cut style hair.
Voyeurism is defined as an interest in observing unsuspecting people while they undress, are naked, or engage in sexual activities. The interest is usually more in the act of watching, rather than in the person being watched. The person doing the watching is called a voyeur, but you might hear them casually referred to as a peeping Tom. The person is typically in a place where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as their home or other private area. Read on to learn more about voyeurism, including how to do it responsibly and when it may become a problem.
When Dan was 14, he could not resist sneaking into the girls' bathroom and taking pictures of them showering while he was at boarding school overseas. He would store the photos in an online album and become anxious if he went a few days without committing acts of voyeurism. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Join ST's Telegram channel here and get the latest breaking news delivered to you. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused.