Justice Dept. has guidebook to public sexSep 18th, 2007 | By Jody May-Chang | Category: Uncategorized
The next time you’re on the potty and need something to divert your attention away doing your business, here is some handy reading material to reach for just before you flush your worries down the drain.
The US Department of Justice has a handy guide for police to focus on when attempting to bust the next toe tapper or washroom wanker.
“Illicit Sexual Activity in Public PlacesÃ¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â by Kelly Dedel Johnson was published by DOJ in April 2005. It contains guides that “have drawn on research findings and police practices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia.Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
It offers such insight as:
Certain patterns (e.g., opposite-sex coupling at a “lovers’ lane”) have not been studied empirically, while others (e.g., same-sex contact in public restrooms) have been studied much more extensively. It is important to note that engaging in same-sex activity does not necessarily imply a homosexual identity; in fact, many men who have sex with men in public places are married or otherwise heterosexually involved, and do not consider themselves to be gay.
When apprehended, many offenders may suffer substantial social repercussions, in addition to any criminal justice related consequences that may ensue. Threats to their
marriages, friendships, jobs, reputations, and social standing often cause them to try to distract attention from their behaviors by showing exaggerated degrees of respectability, such as strong ties to the religious community or passionate condemnation of homosexuality.4 The larger the community’s moral objections to public sexual activity mean that participants have much to lose if they are discovered.
Location, location, location:
The definition of “public” is not always clear. Some consider any place other than a private residence to be public. Others believe that places out of public view, even though they may be in public areas, are private. So-called “quasi-public” places provide some kind of physical barrier (e.g., car, bathroom stall, or bushes) between the participants and others. Except for exhibitionists (e.g., flashers or streakers) those who expressly seek observers, many participants want to remain out of view.
Some activities, such as flashing or mooning, occur in a wide range of locations, while others most commonly occur in locations that specifically facilitate them. Some guidebooks and Internet resources identify specific public places where sexual activity occurs.
Public restrooms – presumably including airports
For example, most activity takes place in a stall as far away from the restroom door as possible. If someone enters the restroom, the participants typically stop the activity.
Selected restrooms are usually isolated and rarely used by those in the area for legitimate purposes (e.g., shopping). This very pretext allows participants to remain in the restroom for some time without seeming suspicious. In contrast to gay bars or sex clubs, public restrooms are neutral places, and one’s presence there does not automatically indicate a homosexual identity.
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