Local psychologist on why men in power grope during photos

Politicians who grope during photos

HOLLAND, MICH. - Besides power and status, some politicians accused of groping women have one other thing in common. Many of their alleged victims they were improperly touched while posing for a picture.

Women have accused former Presidents Clinton, George H.W. Bush and current U.S. Senator Al Franken of squeezing them on the rear end during photo shoots.

Deanna Maher of Holland says it happened to her in 1999 with Bill Clinton when she worked at the Detroit office of Congressman John Conyers.

“This is a picture taken in January, 1999,” she says, holding up a photograph. “I was at a meeting with President Clinton. Look at the expression on my face. He has his hand on my rear end.”

“These people are taking advantage of an opportunity to sexually touch someone and gain some gratification for themselves at the expense of others,” explains psychologist Randy Flood of the Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan. “It is like stealing sexual touch. It is sexual thievery.”

In psychology, Flood says unwanted touching of another person’s private areas in a public place is a disorder called Frotteurism.

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