Some Peeping Tom cases may be due to sex addiction disorders, say experts

What makes people peep or take upskirt videos? Some do it on impulse. Others are repeat offenders, devoid of empathy. And there is a third group for whom it is a mental disorder. The condition is in the spotlight after a spate of Peeping Tom cases on campuses. Psychologists say they have been seeing a rise in the number of people suffering from sex addiction disorders that lead to voyeurism and other sex offences. Deep-seated psychological issues, such as depression, childhood abuse or bipolar disorder, could augment their voyeurism habits.

When Dan was 14, he could not resist sneaking into the girls' bathroom and taking pictures of them showering while he was at boarding school overseas.

He would store the photos in an online album and become anxious if he went a few days without committing acts of voyeurism.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'What makes people peep...'. Subscribe