What is dogging?
Dogging is a British slang term of having sex in public while other people watch.
The phrase is thought to come from the term “walking the dog” as dog walkers used to happen across couples getting amorous outdoors.
The practice usually occurs in car parks and woodland and frequently involves strangers in an either active or voyeuristic role.
In 2003, the term “dogging” rose to prominence when it was reported that the craze was sweeping the internet as exhibitionists used the web to set up meets.
There is now internet evidence that the practice has spread as far afield as the US, Canada, Australia, Scandanavia, Barbados and Brazil.
How popular is public sex in the UK?
Public sex seems to be something of a national hobby for a great many Brits.
Last year a survey revealed that 43 per cent of Brits admitted to getting it on in a public place.
The study conducted by TV channel Alibi showed that it was in fact the second most common crime, after speeding, people admitted to having committed.
Where are the UK’s most notorious dogging sites?
Dogging seems to be pretty much nationwide with virtually every county apparently having a site according to various hook up websites.
The activity seems particularly popular in South London with one survey claiming that 12 of the 21 most popular sites were in the area.
Neighbouring Kent also featured highly on the list but people getting frisky al fresco is by no means restricted to the South East.
One survey claimed Manchester was the UK’s number one city for dogging but there are well known sites in the Midlands, across the North, East Anglia, the West Country, Wales and Scotland.
321Dogs revealed that a mansion used on the X Factor in Hadley Wood, North Londonwas a top dogging spot as well as the Scratchwood Open Space in Barnet, North London.
In 2004 ex-England star Stan Collymore was accused of taking part in dogging at Cannock Chase, Staffs.
Dr Lisa Van Zyl has called for legalised and normalised dogging spots after becoming exasperated by coming across people having sex in cars in family places.
Is dogging illegal?
Although the practice of dogging is not explicitly banned by one particular law, there are a multitude of offences anyone one caught doing the dirty in public could be charged with.
These include anything from indecent exposure, public lewdness and gross indecency, to name a few.
People caught dogging could be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or under the common law offence of outraging public decency.
In some cases doggers have found themselves on the sex offenders register.