When we talk about paraphilia we mean permanent (or long-term) sexual interest.

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Paraphilias are sexual arousal disorders. They are not in themselves mental disorders and many of them can be fulfilled safely and consensually. A person with a criminalized paraphilia is not automatically a criminal unless they realize their interest.

Paraphilias include e.g.

  • Frotteurism: sexual satisfaction is accomplished by rubbing themselves against other people. Can be satisfied legally and safely when consensus is found.
  • Coprophilia: excrements are the object of sexual interest and pleasure. Can be satisfied in legal and harmless ways.
  • Necrophilia: The subject of sexual satisfaction are corps. Cannot be realized legally in real life.
  • Pedophilia: a person experiences sexual attraction to prepubescent children. May or may not be exclusive. The importance of preventive work is fundamental. The satisfaction of this paraphilia is a severe crime.
  • Voyeurism: Sexual gratification is realized by watching other people undress or engage in sexual activity. It is easy to realize in legal and harmless ways.
  • Zoophilia: a person experiences sexual attraction to animals. Cannot be satisfied legally or safely in real life.