Autoerotic fatality

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Autoerotic fatalities are deaths that occur during sexual activity when an action, chemical, device or prop that is being employed to enhance physical or psychological stimulation causes the death.[1] These deaths may be accidental, natural or homicidal and occur in connection with consensual acts, criminal sexual assaults, or autoerotic acts. The term is often applied to only those deaths related to solitary sexual practices such as self-bondage and autoerotic asphyxia. In some cases autoerotic fatalities are not initially recognized, and are confused with sexual homicide or suicide, but suicide by autoerotic means is extremely uncommon.

Causes of autoerotic deaths included the use of chemicals such as amyl nitrite, GHB, or nitrous oxide, and props and tools such as knives, oversized dildos, ligatures or bags for asphyxiation, duct tape, electrical apparatus for shocks, water for self-immersion, fire-making equipment for self-immolation, or sharp, unhygienic or large fetishized objects. Male victims are much more likely to use a variety of devices during autoerotic behaviour than female victims.

The most common causes of death in autoerotic fatalities are asphyxia by strangulation, suffocation, chemical or postural asphyxia. These causes dominate autoerotic deaths to such an extent that other forms of autoerotic death are termed atypical. Atypical deaths are through causes such as electrocution, sepsis after bowel perforation, crushing, and accidental self-impalement.

The subject has been treated in two books, Autoerotic Fatalities by Hazelwood et al. (1983) and Autoerotic Asphyxiation: Forensic, Medical, and Social Aspects by Sheleg et al. (2006).

Further reading[edit]

  • Burgess, Ann Wolbert; Hazelwood, Robert R.; Dietz, Park Elliott (1983). Autoerotic fatalities. Lexington, Mass: LexingtonBooks. ISBN 0-669-04716-3. 
  • Edwin Ehrlich; Sergey Sheleg (2006). Autoerotic Asphyxiation: Forensic, Medical, and Social Aspects. Wheatmark. ISBN 1-58736-604-5. 

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Fiona (14 July 2011). "Owner of killer bear found chained to his bed after 'choking to death on sex toy'". Daily Mail (London). 

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