"The motive is usually the desire for power, to control the situation, to exploit vulnerabilities," said graduate psychologist leonhard oesterle from deining in bavaria in an interview with the dpa news agency in saarbrucken.
In recent times, cases of such voyeurism have repeatedly come to light. Last week, a police officer in the saarland region was suspended from his duties for allegedly filming at least 14 women – for example, while changing their clothes.
According to oesterle, such behavior is based on feelings of inferiority: "the perpetrators often have difficulty dealing with their own experiences of powerlessness. At the same time, they often feel very safe," said the psychologist. Therefore, the "need for dominance" usually outweighed the fact that they could endanger their existence with their behavior.