Biastophilia is a paraphilia in which an individually is sexually aroused by assaulting (non-sexual or sexual) an unconsenting person. In particular, those who have biastophilia are drawn to assaulting strangers. The source of arousal often stems from the victim's terrified response and resistance. As a result, biastophilia is often viewed as a form of sexual sadism. Those who suffer from this sexual disorder often are dependent on or responsive to assaulting others. This sexual disorder often involves the desire for sexual dominance and can only be fulfilled by rape or assault. Being a biastophilic does not mean that a person has committed a rape. It means that a person may have a desire to do so. Those who experience these desires are advised to seek help and to maintain consensual sexual experiences.