Soc-100 Everyday Sociology
August 25, 2013
Voyeurism: To Peep or not To Peep?
Is somebody watching you? Hopefully not, at least without your permission.
Deriving sexual satisfaction by secretly watching others undress or engage in sexual activities is called voyeurism. Voyeurism is considered a deviant behavior when the observation is not known or permissible by the party being watched, or has become the primary source of sexual gratification (Dictionary.com, 2013). Voyeurism can have severe negative consequences for the victim, and can also carry substantial time behind bars for the convicted.
While prostitution may be considered the oldest profession, voyeurism could very
well be considered the oldest pastime. Voyeurism is not only creepy it includes harmful consequences, deceit, violation and disrespect for the victim. Like most offenses a lot of things come into consideration when prosecuting the act of voyeurism, the age of the victim, the gender, and the place where the voyeurism took place and how many incidences occurred (Draeger, 2011).
One such story of voyeurism that is really disturbing, because it did take place at a
School, was of the former drama teacher Larry Dibble, of Columbus, Ohio. Dibble taught drama at Wellington High School. He videotaped at least twenty girls within a few years while they were undressing in a locker room. These girls were underage and unaware at the time of the incident. The video tapes were found in Dibble’s home during a court ordered search warrant, which came about when one of the girls came forward saying Dibble had put his hand under her skirt during a theatrical rehearsal. When Dibble was in the court room he showed no remorse according to the women (some time has went by, and now these girls are adults). Dibble also pleaded no contest, which neither denies nor is a plea of not guilty. Five of the victims came forward in court to face Dibble with what the consequences of...