sexual abuse

noun
sex·​u·​al abuse | \ ˈsek-shə-wəl-, -shwəl- \

Legal Definition of sexual abuse

1a : the infliction of sexual contact upon a person by forcible compulsion
b : the engaging in sexual contact with a person who is below a specified age or who is incapable of giving consent because of age or mental or physical incapacity
2 : the crime of engaging in or inflicting sexual abuse

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“Sexual abuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/sexual%20abuse. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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