Filming self in sex act is not normal: doctor

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

CAPTURING oneself having sex with a partner in a video is a kind of “sexual perversion.”

This was what Dr. Rene Obra said about the sex video of two students that went viral in the internet and cellular phones.

“It is a form of exhibitionism,” said Obra, head of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC)–Center for Behavioral Sciences.


Sexual perversity is called “paraphilia,” which describes sexual arousal and gratification, involving a sexual behavior that is extreme.

The source of arousal could be non-human objects, the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one’s partner, children and non-consenting persons.

Sexual perverts have difficulty in controlling their impulse, said Obra in a phone interview.

“They do unusual acts just to satisfy their urge,” he said.

Aside from having a psychological problem, he said the couple in the scandal that affected the girl’s school might have been influenced by pornographic materials.

The other kinds of sexual perversions are voyeurism, or watching others engage in undressing or sexual activity; fetishism, sexual attachment to objects; pedophilia, desire for prepubescent children; sadomasochism, or inflicting pain to attain arousal; Don Juanism, or having multiple female partners due to a latent homosexuality or insecurity about one’s masculinity; nymphomania, or a female’s extreme sexual desire; and necrophilia, or the sexual attraction to corpses.


Obra said men are the usual exhibitionists and voyeurs. He said couples should also seek medical help to see if they need therapy.

For him, insight-oriented psychotherapy is appropriate for the two students. He said the therapist could talk about moral values during each session.

He further said the proliferation of the sex video is “uncalled for.”

“We are supposed to be conservative because we are (mostly) Catholics,” he said.


Meanwhile, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Cebu City chapter president Earl Bonachita said the person who shares the sex video can be held liable under the Republic Act (RA) 9995, or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.

RA 9995 prohibits any person from taking “photo or video coverage of a person or group of persons performing sexual act or any similar activity or to capture an image of the private area of a person/s such as the naked or undergarment clad genitals, public area, buttocks or female breast without the consent of the person/s involved and under circumstances in which the person/s has/have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Selling, distributing, publishing and broadcasting of photo or video or recording of sexual act are also punishable.

A person found guilty of violating the law will face a penalty of imprisonment of three to seven years and a fine ranging from P100,000 to P500,000.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 07, 2013.

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