Exhibitionism in Europe

Exhibitionism in Germany

Provisions relating to exhibitionism in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Thirteen, under the heading “Offences Against Sexual Self-determination,” located in Section 183 Exhibitionism, which reads: (1) A man who annoys another person by an exhibitionist act shall be liable to imprisonment of not more than one year or a fine. (2) The offence shall only be prosecuted upon request unless the prosecuting authority considers propio motu that prosecution is required out of special public interest. (3) The court may suspend the sentence if there is reason to believe that the offender will only cease to commit exhibitionist acts after lengthy medical treatment. (4) Subsection (3) above shall also apply if a man or a woman is convicted because of an exhibitionist act under another provision which imposes a maximum term of imprisonment 1. of no more than one year; or 2. under section 174 (2) No 1 or section 176 (4) No 1.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to exhibitionism is current as of 2010

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