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(p. 136) Frotteurism 

(p. 136) Frotteurism
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(p. 136) Frotteurism
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Richard McAnulty

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190245863.003.0010
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date: 23 September 2019

Frotteurism, also known as forcible touching, is a paraphilia characterized by recurrent and persistent sexual arousal from touching or rubbing against a nonconsenting person, usually a stranger. When reports of such aberrant incidents were first published at the turn of the 19th century, these crimes were viewed as deviant and rare. Today, however, unwanted sexual “groping” or “grinding,” as it is known in the popular press, is rather commonly reported. This unwanted contact often occurs in congested areas and on crowded public transportation systems.The chapter discusses potential etiologies for frotteurism, along with potentially aggravating factors. Despite the anonymous nature of their crimes, frotteurs, when compared with other sex offenders, have some of the highest number of victims.

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