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Biastophilia (from Greek biastes, "rape" + -philia) and its Latin language-derived counterpart, raptophilia (from Latin rapere, "to seize"), also paraphilic rape[1], refer to a paraphilia in which sexual arousal is dependent on, or is responsive to, the act of assaulting an unconsenting person, especially a stranger.[2][3]

Some dictionaries consider the terms synonymous,[4] while others distinguish raptophilia as the paraphilia in which sexual arousal is responsive to actually raping the victim.[5]

The source of the arousal in these paraphilias is the terrified resistance to the assault, [6] and in this respect it is considered to be a form of sexual sadism.[1]

Biastophilia is accepted as potentially lethal, other such paraphilias including, but not being limited to asphyxiophilia, autassassinophilia, hybristophilia, kleptophilia and chremastistophilia[7].


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ronald Blackburn, "The Psychology of Criminal Conduct: Theory, Research and Practice" (1993)ISBN 0471912956, p. 87
  2. Corsini, Raymond J. (2002). The Dictionary of Psychology, Philadelphia: Brunner-Routledge.
  3. Flora, Rudy (2001). How to Work with Sex Offenders: A Handbook for Criminal Justice, Human Service, and Mental Health Professionals, New York: Haworth Clinical Practice Press.
  4. Eric W. Hickey, "Encyclopedia of Murder & Violent Crime", ISBN 076192437X (2003) p. 347
  5. Holmes, Ronald M.. Sex Crimes: Patterns and Behavior, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  6. Raymond J. Corsini "The Dictionary of Psychology", ISBN 158391028X (1999) p. 692
  7. Gordon, Jr., Wilbert Anthony and James E. Elias. 2005. "Potentially Lethal Modes of Sexual Expression". Paper presented at the 2005 Western Region Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

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