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Biastophilia (from Greek biastes, "rape" + -philia) is a paraphilia in which sexual arousal is dependent on, or is responsive to, the act of assaulting (possibly sexually) an unconsenting person, especially a stranger.[1][2] Biastophilia is a common trait in serial killers.[citation needed] It is sometimes confused with raptophilia, that is, the paraphilia in which sexual arousal is responsive to raping a victim.[3]


  1. ^ Corsini, Raymond J. (2002). The Dictionary of Psychology. Philadelphia: Brunner-Routledge, p. 109. ISBN 1583913289. OCLC 48932974. 
  2. ^ 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, p. 91. ISBN 0789014998. OCLC 45668958. 
  3. ^ Holmes, Ronald M.. Sex Crimes: Patterns and Behavior. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, p. 247. ISBN 0761924175. OCLC 48883594. 

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