Sexual deviants are people who find pleasure in their sexual activity that society sees as ‘abnormal’. They typically have long-term sexual fantasies or acts involving, for example, the use of lifeless objects, or pain or humiliation of oneself, the partner or involuntary partners.
Some of thesefantasies or acts could be associated with major psychological problems. Most sexual behavior is general and is more or less accepted, while otherbehavior is disturbing and in rare cases dangerous. Deviant sexual behavior is (as far as we know) more common in men than in women.
Examples of sexual deviant acts that are usually not tolerated and/or prohibited:
Exhibitionism: Sexual arousal by showing their own genitals to strangers.
Sexism: Discrimination on grounds of sex.
Voyeurism: Sexual arousal by means of secretly watching the sexual activity of others (peeping).
Rape: Forcing sexual intercourse against the will of the other (usually with violence).
Incest: Sexual intercourse with blood relatives; particularly between adults and children under 16 and often under psychological pressure and/or physical threats.
Masochism: The sexual excitement of the masochist stems from the violence that is done to him/her. Masochists allow themselves to humiliated, beaten bound, or otherwise made to suffer.
Pedophilia: Sexual preference for children under 16
Bestiality: Sexual act between humans and animals.
Sexual harassment: Making sexual gestures or remarks to others seen from a dominant position.
Fetishism: Being attracted to and having erotic feelings for objects which may involve body parts or clothing, such as female underwear.
Sadism: Sexual arousal by means of the torment of others.
The extent to which sexual behavior is or isn’t accepted or tolerated depends strongly on the group, community, religion and/or culture to which one belongs (the sexual morality), including the prevailing legal provisions in this regard.
The victims of sexual deviant acts like sexual harassment, rape, incest, pedophilia, or any kind of (emotional) harmful behavior should seek psychological help. The damage done to these victims is usually intense and family or friends lack the professional skills to support them in an adequate way.