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Type: Journal article
Title: Autoerotic death: incidence and age of victims - a population-based study
Author: Byard, R.
Winskog, C.
Citation: Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2012; 57(1):129-131
Publisher: Amer Soc Testing Materials
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0022-1198
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Roger W. Byard and Calle Winskog
Abstract: Review of the Australian National Coronial Information System and the Swedish National Forensic Database was undertaken over a 7-year period from 2001 to 2007 for all cases where death had been attributed to autoerotic death or sexual asphyxia. In Australia, there were 44 cases (M:F = 42:2) with the majority of victims aged >30 years (77%)—a yearly national rate of approximately 0.3/million. In Sweden, there were nine cases (M:F = 9:0) with the majority of cases aged <30 years (55%)—a yearly national rate of approximately 0.14/million. The usual male predominance was present in both populations, although the Australian victims were older than is usually reported. Lethal sexual asphyxia is uncommon in both the Australian and Swedish populations, with a lower rate than has been cited for North America. Whether this is because of different kinds of paraphilic activities in different populations or of differences in methods of central data collection is uncertain.
Keywords: forensic science; autoerotic death; sexual asphyxia; paraphilia; incidence; death rates
Rights: © 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
RMID: 0020116228
DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01898.x
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