Law Dictionary

sexual abuse

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

Legal Definition of sexual abuse

  1. 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. 2 :  the crime of engaging in or inflicting sexual abuse

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