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Eye Raping

Updated: JUNE 6, 2016

Eye raping is a slang term for the act of staring at someone in an unwanted sexual fashion. The term uses the word 'rape' because this type of staring is seen as a violation, even though it is not a physical attack.

Similar to 'eye raping' is 'eye fucking,' a term that hit the mainstream after the film Wedding Crashers. Whereas eye fucking is more often a consensual act, the term eye raping implies that the sexual gaze is unwanted by the person who is being watched.

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More About Eye Raping

The act of eye raping often involves more than just the eyes. The watcher may leer with their eyes wide open or nearly closed; they may lick their lips or stare with their mouth open. Eye raping is much more than a brief glance. It is an extended act that makes the person being watched feel uncomfortable.

While some people may be able to laugh off being eye-raped, others may feel violated or self-conscious about the unwanted attention. Being eye raped can make a person feel reduced to a sexual object, which can be damaging to their confidence and make them feel unsafe.

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