You are hereHome › College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) › Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice › Denney, Andrew › Sexual Exposure Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. Tewksbury, R., & Denney, A. (2013). Sexual Exposure. Encyclopedia Of Street Crime In America. Download PDF Sexual Exposure Details Type Encyclopedia Entry Title Sexual Exposure Contributor(s) Tewksbury, Richard (author)Denney, Andrew (author) Located In Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America Date 2013 Abstract As a form of street crime, sexual exposure in public can take a number of different forms. The most prominent form includes actions commonly referred to as “exhibitionism.” Exhibitionism as originally conceptualized referred to a male who exposes his genitals to an unsuspecting victim in a public setting. However, today this term is used to refer to female offenders as well. Sexual exposure may also be referred to, especially in a legal context, as “indecent exposure.” The exact numbers of how often and where this offense occurs are unknown, due to both an extremely low estimated reporting rate of victims and the lack of clarity in police records by including all forms of public nudity under “indecent exposure,” including public urination. Definitions of sexual exposure for males mean exposing their penis. For females, this means exposing their breasts and/or vagina. Due to this narrow definition, this does not lead much room for variation. The most common variations in how this offense occurs hinges on whether the offender attempts or speaks to the victim during the act, and whether the offender actively masturbates while exposing himself/herself to the victim. Victims are almost always females, usually in groups. However, children may be victims as well.