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Camera voyeurs took 1,000 shots on average before first seeking help

A voyeurism victim answers questions during an interview with a Mainichi Shimbun reporter in Tokyo on Oct. 21, 2018. (Mainichi/Ran Kanno)

TOKYO -- An analysis of 406 patients who visited a sex addiction clinic here for treatment for camera voyeurism showed that they took 1,000 peeping shots on average before seeking medical help, a clinic official reported.

The survey, one of the rare studies on the subject conducted by Akiyoshi Saito, a certified psychiatric social worker at the Omori Enomoto clinic group, indicates that multiple offenses are widespread among those patients.

The findings were based on data of the patients who visited the group's Enomoto Clinic in Tokyo's Toshima Ward from May 2006 through June 2018. According to the analysis, all of the 406 patients were men. The largest age group was men in their 30s, making up for 40 percent, followed by patients in their 20s, constituting 33 percent.

Almost half of the men -- 49 percent -- were regular employees at companies, and 62 percent of the total had university or graduate school education. About half of them were or had been married.

On average, the patients engaged in 7.2 years of camera voyeurism before their first visit to the clinic. This means they took an estimated 1,000 peep shots during the period, as they said they did so two to three times a week. Some 30 percent of patients took 10 years or more to come to the clinic.

Forty-six percent of the patients visited the clinic through referral from a lawyer. This suggests that their visits were prompted by arrests or trials over the voyeurism and were intended to prevent recurrence of the behavior.

(Japanese original by Kayo Mukuda, Lifestyle News Department)

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