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paraphilia

 [par″ah-fil´e-ah]
a sexual disorder characterized by recurrent intense sexual urges, sexually arousing fantasies, or behavior involving use of a nonhuman object, the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner, or children or other nonconsenting partners. Paraphilias include transvestic fetishism, other types of fetishism, frotteurism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual masochism, and sexual sadism.

par·a·phil·i·a

(par'ă-fil'ē-ă),
1. A condition, in either men or women, of compulsive responsivity and obligatory dependence on an unusual or personally or socially unacceptable external stimulus or internal fantasy for sexual arousal or orgasm.
2. In legal parlance, a perversion or deviancy.
[para- + G. philos, fond]

paraphilia

(păr′ə-fĭl′ē-ə, -fēl′yə)
n.
1. A condition, such as exhibitionism or masochism, in which sexual gratification is derived from activities or fantasies that are generally regarded as atypical or deviant.
2. Such a condition when it causes distress or impaired functioning in the individual or actual or potential harm to others; a paraphilic disorder.

par′a·phil′i·ac n.
par′a·phil′ic n.
Current definitions include:

(1) Sexual excitement to the point of erection and/or orgasm, when the object of that excitement is considered abnormal in the context of the practitioner’s learned societal norms.

(2) Recurrent intense sexual urges and fantasies in response to sexual objects or situations which are not part of normative arousal patterns, e.g., clothing fetishes.

(3) A sexuoerotic embellishment of, or alternative to the official, ideological norm
Types Exhibitionism, fetishism, frotteurism, pedophilia, sexual masochism, sexual sadism, transvestic fetishism, voyeurism

paraphilia

Sexual deviancy Psychiatry A mental disorder characterized by '…recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors generally involving,
1. nonhuman objects;.
2. suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner; or.
3. children or other non-consenting persons, that occur over a period of at ≥ 6 months…(causing) significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning; sexual excitement to the point of erection and/or orgasm, when the object of excitement is considered abnormal in the context of the practitioner's societal norms Formal paraphilias, per Am Psychiatric Assn Exhibitionism, fetishism, frotteurism, pedophilia, sexual masochism, sexual sadism, transvestic fetishism, voyeurism, paraphilia–not otherwise specified, a 'wastepaper basket' category Management Psychotherapy, antidepressants, progestins, antiandrogens, surgical castration, triptorelin. See Coprophilia, Exhibitionism, Fetishism, Frotteurism, Masochism, Multiplexed paraphilia, Necrophilia, Pedophilia, Sadism, Sexual asphyxia, Sexual deviancy, Telephone scatologia, Transvestism, Urolagnia, Voyeurism, Zoophilia.

par·a·phil·i·a

(par'ă-fil'ē-ă)
A mental disorder characterized by socially proscribed sexual practices.
[para- + G. philos, fond]

paraphilia

Any deviation from what is currently deemed to be normal sexual behaviour or preference. Thus, paraphilia may include BESTIALITY, EXHIBITIONISM, FETISHISM, HOMOSEXUALITY, MASOCHISM, PAEDOPHILIA, SADISM, TRANSVESTISM AND VOYEURISM.

par·a·phil·i·a

(par'ă-fil'ē-ă)
A mental disorder with obsession with socially proscribed sexual practices.
[para- + G. philos, fond]
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Merely incarcerating paraphiliac sex offenders is ineffective, as paraphiliacs are not rational actors with the ability to weigh the consequences of their actions and freely choose to resist their sexual desires.
One author, Christopher Meisenkothen, argues that the ideal chemical castration statute would state that the statute's purpose is to provide: "(1) an alternative to incarceration for paraphiliac sex offenders; (2) a way to provide meaningful treatment to paraphiliacs in a way that constructively leads down the road of rehabilitation, [and] (3) a way to curb high recidivism rates among paraphiliacs and, concomitantly, a way to better protect our children from sexual molestation." (120) The ultimate goal is, thus, to balance the rights of sexual offenders with society's right to be free of their criminal behavior.
Simply incarcerating paraphiliacs for a lengthy period of time before letting them back into society produces poor results, as it does not alleviate the danger that paraphiliac sexual offenders pose following their release.
The oldest and perhaps most effective approach to controlling deviant sexual urges in men and in reducing recidivism rates of male paraphiliac sex offenders is surgical castration.
(83) Chemical castration does not actually interfere with the normal functioning of the mind; it merely impacts a paraphiliac sex offender's obsession with compulsive sexual fantasies and returns his thought process to a state of normalcy.
(91) First, chemical castration for paraphiliac sex offenders has a clear therapeutic value, as it reduces the levels of testosterone and relieves the offender of his sexual compulsions.
If sex offender registration laws do not violate the collective dignity of society, then chemical castration of paraphiliacs during probation or parole given in conjunction with psychological counseling should also withstand such scrutiny.
Nothing in the history of human beings tells us that temporarily chemically suppressing the sex drive of paraphiliacs is inherently cruel.
The government's interest in protecting children from molestation and in rehabilitating paraphiliacs outweighs any minimal intrusion upon the right to privacy caused by a required regimen of chemical castration.
The legislative purpose and the section on system goals should state that the statute's purpose provides: (1) an alternative to incarceration for paraphiliac sex offenders; (2) a way to provide meaningful treatment to paraphiliacs in a way that constructively leads down the road of rehabilitation; (3) a way to curb high recidivism rates among paraphiliacs and, concomitantly, a way to better protect our children from sexual molestation.
Chemical castration through weekly Depo Provera injections in combination with psychological therapy is a safe, effective way to drastically curb the recidivism rates of paraphiliacs. Though the recently passed California Penal Statute section 645 has its flaws, the idea of using chemical castration as a probation or parole condition is constitutionally sound and is gaining in popularity.