Although exhibitionists do not intend to make any sort of sexual contact with his or her victim, they tend to expose themselves in a non-threatening manner in order to draw the attention of others. Nevertheless, it cannot be ruled out that exhibitionists are not threatening. There are exhibitionists whose main intention is sexual in nature and their actions and behavior is perceived to be harmful, especially in a nudist setting.
Nudists, on the other hand, are social creatures with a slightly different lifestyle. They prefer being cloth-free and interact with like-minded people. Nudism cannot be associated with sexual gratification. In fact, nudists are those who believe that staying naked is natural and certainly better. While it is difficult to experience in the clothed world, the chances of finding one increase in a nudist ecosystem.
How would you differentiate between the two in a cloth-free environment?
A person's behavior can help you determine his or her intentions. Nudists are always aware of their surroundings when they are cloth-free. In case you observe someone around you having an inappropriate behavior, chances are that person is an exhibitionist.
Nudist resorts, particularly those supported by the American Association of Nude Recreation and the Naturist Society do not tolerate any sort of inappropriate behavior and do not entertain those who do not abide by the standards of naturist lifestyle. Dealing with such people can be a lot trickier at beaches. However, you still have the right to protect yourself against harassment. If you're subject to threatening behavior, you can speak with a law enforcement office and he will take care of the rest.
Nudists have no tolerance for those who disrespect their values by conducting themselves in a way that attempts to defame their community. Naturists have a set of unwritten rules and any attempt to violate their code of conduct is dealt with seriously.