Agraphobia also known as Contreltophobia is an extreme and irrational fear of sexual abuse. The condition is common but not widely known. This type of fear can be seen in both victims of real sexual abuse and those who have been exposed to sexual abuse. The distinction of the two is the victims of real sexual abuse often fear a repeat traumatic incident and those who are exposed may have develop an irrational fear of abuse. Whatever the case is both tends to become afraid of the view of sexual abuse and that they will avoid people and situations they believe pose such a risk.
Like other phobias there is no specific cause but rather a distinct and definite incident of abuse that may trigger the development of this kind of phobia. Sex abuse hysteria caused by misinformation, careless investigation practices or sensationalized news coverage can cause Agraphobia or Contreltophobia.
Symptoms such as feelings or panic when they are not merited, automatic or uncontrollable reactions to fear, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, trembling sensation and extreme avoidance of situations that pose no danger are commonly seen and manifested by Agraphobic person.
Psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are treatments that are being considered.