Counseling Program For Teen Frotteurism

Not commonly talked about or discussed, frotteurism is the act of rubbing one’s genitalia against another non-consenting person to achieve sexual gratification. Frotteurism is a paraphilia, which is a group of mental disorders characterized by unusual sexual practices.  Frotteurism is a behavior that typically begins during the teen years and is an illegal sexual behavior that can result in a youth being charged with a sexual offense.

Frottage (the actual act of rubbing against someone else) is usually done in crowded public places such as malls, school hallways, movie theaters, busy sidewalks, elevators or other busy, public places. Frotteurs usually do it in places where they can make a rapid escape and blend into the population.

The most common way frottage occurs is by rubbing one’s genitalia against the victim’s thighs or butt. A frotteur might also rub their hand over the victim’s genitalia or breasts. Most frotteurs fantasize that they have an exclusive and caring relationship with their victim when the contact is made. But immediately after the contact is broken, the frotteur flees.

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Facts about Teen Frotteurism:

In order to be diagnosed as actually having Frotteurism the teen must have Frotteuristic feelings, urges or behaviors for at least six months. Also, these feelings, urges or behaviors must cause a significant amount of distress or impairment in the teens life.

Frotteurs are usually male and the victims are usually female

Frotteurism usually starts in the teenage years

Frotteurism is considered a criminal act and teen frotteurs can be charged with a sexual offense if caught

A frotteur may experience stress, social destruction and disturb in everyday life functions due to this disorder

Causes of Teen Frotteurism:

It’s hard to determine how many teens actually have this disorder because those that do rarely seek treatment. Frotteurs may either think that their behavior is acceptable and that they don’t need treatment, or they may be too embarrassed to admit to it. It’s also hard to catch someone who has committed Frotteurism because right after the deed is done, the frotteur flees.

Treatment for Teen Frotteurism:

The Good news is that if caught and treated early, teens can overcome this problem and avoid future sexual offending behaviors.  It is vital for teens struggling with frotteurism to be provided the opportunity to participate in sexual specific treatment program.  Similar to other sexual offending behaviors, the teen offender needs to understand the potential impact of this behavior on those affected.  Additionally, it is important for the young offender to explore the underlying issues leading to these offending actions and to develop strategies for learning to control and manage his sexual urges and impulses.

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