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For this assignment, research the topic of autoerotic asphyxia, and write 3 to “5 pages on the following: What is auto-erotic asphyxia? (10%) What are some of the reasons why people perform

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CRJS470-IP2NameClassDateProfessorAutoerotic Asphyxia Autoerotic asphyxia is a sexual act where an individual finds sexual release in self strangulation. This dangerous sexual act is mostly committed by males that masturbate while strangling themselves. The act causes the individual strangling themselves to lose oxygen to the brain and get lightheaded and causes the individual to become sexually stimulated or to get an erection from the act. The physical act of strangulation reduces the sexual inhibitions experienced by the individual and the act is supposed to enhance the sexual experience. The act of autoerotic asphyxia is not a suicide attempt but quite the opposite. The individual finds the experience pleasurable and has no intention of killing themselves. This type of sexual act emerged from hanging victims that sometimes experienced erections and ejaculated after being hung by the neck (Blough, 1988). Autoerotic asphyxiation is a form of sexual masochism where the individual becomes driven by a psychological need to commit this sexual act or in order to reach sexual gratification. The DSM-IV lists autoerotic asphyxia as a form of Hypoxyphilia which is the result of sexual fantasies, extreme stress, uncontrollable sexual urges, and major psychological disorders. In most cases when an individual commits this sexual act they are alone but in some cases individuals will commit the act with a partner. The person engaging in autoero

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