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Illicit Sexual Activity in Public Places Kelly Dedel Johnson, Ph.D. One in 37 Research, Inc. 1531 SE Belmont Street Portland, OR 97214 (503) 235-4053

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1 Illicit Sexual Activity in Public Places Kelly Dedel Johnson, Ph.D. One in 37 Research, Inc SE Belmont Street Portland, OR (503)

2 Behaviors Nude sunbathing Flashing and streaking Masturbation, either solitary or mutual Fellatio Vaginal or anal intercourse

3 What is “Public”? Any space other than a private residence? Spaces that are in public areas, but not in public view?

4 Why is it a Problem? Can be offensive when inadvertently witnessed Can deter the legitimate use of public spaces May be related to spread of STD, HIV/AIDS

5 Why is it a Problem? Discarded paraphernalia are unattractive and hazardous Can attract a hostile audience, risk of violent crime May be associated with excessive drinking

6 Participants Males and females Same-gender couples and groups Opposite gender couples and groups

7 Locations Organized public events “Lovers’ Lane” Public restrooms Locker rooms Parks, truck stops and highway rest areas

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10 Postings: Directions Key features Level of uninterested foot traffic Police activity Safety tips

11 Motivations Exhibitionism Lack privacy Want to be observed Resist commitment

12 Transactions Trading beads Structured, sequenced patterns of interaction Arranging interactions using the Internet

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14 Collateral Consequences Unwanted exposure Unwelcome audience Disease transmission Violence

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16 Responses: General Considerations Balance enforcement with environment Criticism of undercover and decoy operations Partner with gay and lesbian leaders Assess level of community tolerance

17 Posting Notices Post notices in conspicuous locations through area in which behavior is problematic Lewd Conduct Laws Strictly Enforced. Lewd Acts in Public Are a Violation of 647(a) PC. All Areas In Park Are Public Places. Violators Will Be Arrested.

18 Issuing Warnings Specific deterrence can be effective Contact registered owners of cars parked in areas with high levels of public sexual activity Potential to deter legitimate users is a concern

19 Creating Illusion of Surveillance Decoy police vehicles Video cameras Notice of routine patrol

20 Deploying High Visibility Patrol Foot patrol by police officers, park rangers, mall security guards Substations

21 Using Private Security Firms Patrol indoor and outdoor areas in shopping malls Patrol campus grounds

22 Imposing “Stay Away” Orders Condition of bail or probation Stay away from specific geographical areas Displacement is likely

23 Crackdown Law Enforcement Large scale arrest campaigns Interrupt entrenched patterns of behavior Short-term effects only

24 CPTED-based Responses Designating geographical boundaries Improving lighting Cutting back bushes and vegetation For more information:

25 Redesign Restroom Facilities Removing maze entry way increases opportunity for surveillance Single use restrooms

26 Increasing Level of Desirable Activity Relocate remote facilities Increase foot traffic to area

27 Limiting Operation or Closing Facility Protect hours of legitimate use, restrict operation during times when problem occurs If problem persists, consider closing facility

28 Using the Media Highlight community’s focus on problem Publicize consequences Beware of potential for backfire Bathroom Rendezvous: What's truly going on in the stall next to you? Paul Abling & Angela Cito Campus Press Staff Writers

29 Getting Locations Off the List Travel guides

30 Responses to Avoid Decoy operations Harassing or intimidating suspects


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