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This article examines how human sexuality and sexual behavior interacts with, and is regulated by, human laws. This article is about the issues and phenomena pertaining to human sexual function and behavior. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Equality and the balancing of interests under law is symbolised by a blindfold and weighing scales For other senses of this word, see Law (disambiguation). ...


In general the law proscribes acts which are considered either sexual abuse, or inappropriate behavior against the social norms, within a given culture. In addition certain categories of activity, may be considered crimes even if freely consented to. Thus sex and the law varies from place to place. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In sociology, a norm, or social norm, is a pattern of behavior expected within a particular society in a given situation. ...


Sexual acts which are prohibited by law in a jurisdiction, are also called sex crimes. In law, jurisdiction (from the Latin jus, juris meaning law and dicere meaning to speak) is the practical authority granted to a formally constituted legal body or to a political leader to deal with and make pronouncements on legal matters and, by implication, to administer justice within a defined area...

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Age of consent

Main article: Age of consent

Many cultures, and all developed cultures, have established an age of consent, an age at which even if consent is given, sexual activity by an older person with a person under that age will be punished severely. The aim of an age of consent law is to protect impressionable young people, as they develop and mature. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Maturity may refer to: Sexual maturity Maturity, a geological term describing hydrocarbon generation Maturity, a financial term indicating the end of payments of principal or interest Look up Maturity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Sex crimes

Sex crimes are forms of human sexual behavior that are crimes. Someone who commits one is said to be a sex offender. Some sex crimes are crimes of violence that involve sex. Others are violations of social taboos, such as incest, indecent exposure or exhibitionism. There is much variation among cultures as to what is considered a crime or not, and in what ways or to what extent crimes are punished. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Violence is any act of aggression and abuse which causes or intends to cause injury, in some cases criminal, or harm to persons, and (by some definitions) animals or property. ... Homosexuality is considered taboo in many cultures around the world. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... An exhibitionist exposing himself at a soccer game. ...


Western cultures are often far more tolerant of acts, such as oral sex or cross-dressing, that have traditionally been held to be crimes in some other cultures, but combine this with lesser tolerance for the remaining crimes. By contrast, many cultures with a strong religious tradition consider a far broader range of activities to be serious crimes. Oral sex consists of all the sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth, tongue, and possibly throat to stimulate genitalia. ... This articles is about cross-dressing in general, that is the act of wearing the clothing of another gender for any reason. ...


As a general rule, the law in many countries often intervenes in sexual activity involving young or adolescent children below the legal age of consent, nonconsensual deliberate displays or illicit watching of sexual activity, sex with close relatives ("incest"), harm to animals, acts involving dead people, and also when there is harassment, nuisance, fear, injury, or assault of a sexual nature, or serious risk of abuse of certain professional relationships. Separately, it also usually regulates or controls the censorship of pornographic or obscene material. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kinship is the most basic principle of organizing individuals into social groups, roles, and categories. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Censorship is the removal of information from the public, or the prevention of circulation of information, where it is desired or felt best by some controlling group or body, that others are not allowed to access the information which is being censored. ... Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


Common sex crimes

The activities listed below often carry a condition of illegality if acted upon, though they may usually be legally role-played between consenting partners: Sexual roleplaying is the sexual behavior of playing some kind of character during a sexual encounter, in order to evoke a sexual fantasy in oneself and/or ones partner. ... Informed consent is a legal condition whereby a person can be said to have given consent based upon an appreciation and understanding of the facts and implications of an action. ...

A variety of laws protect children by making various acts with children a sex crime. These can include Age of Consent laws, laws preventing the exposure of children to pornography, laws making it a crime for a child to be involved in (or exposed to) certain sexual behaviors, and laws against child grooming and the production and ownership of child pornography (including simulated images). A lust murder is a homicide in which the offender stabs, cuts, pierces, slashes, or otherwise mutilates the sexual organs or areas of the victims body. ... Sexual assault is any undesired physical contact of a sexual nature perpetrated against another person. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... This article is about the sexual practice. ... An exhibitionist exposing himself at a soccer game. ... Voyeurism is a practice in which an individual derives sexual pleasure from observing other people. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Peeping Tom is a slang term for a voyeur. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Telephone scatologia is the making of obscene telephone calls for sexual pleasure. ... Legal Disclaimer: this page contains legal information for reference and education, but it is not legal advice–the application of law to an individuals specific circumstances. ... Look up Necrophilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Sexual harassment is harassment or unwelcome attention of a sexual nature. ... Position of trust is a legal term used in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and perhaps other countries. ... A teacher writes on a blackboard in an American college. ... A police officer is a person who works for a police force. ... Extramarital sex occurs when a married person engages in sexual activity with someone other than their marriage partner. ... Zina (زنا) is an Arabic term for extramarital or premarital sex. ... Child grooming is a somewhat euphemistic term for the development of a relationship with a child by an adult for the purpose of engaging in sexual activities with the child. ... Child pornography refers to pornography depicting minors. ...


Non-consensual sadomasochistic acts may legally constitute assault, and therefore belong in this list. In addition, some jurisdictions criminalize some or all sadomasochistic acts, regardless of legal consent and impose liability for any injuries caused. (See Consent (BDSM) ) Categories: | ... Consent within BDSM is an issue that attracts much attention in the field. ...


Acts which may be regarded as crimes in some areas

Many consensual sexual actions or activities which are widely permitted (or not criminalized) in one place, may none the less be viewed as crimes (often of a serious nature) in other places. It has been suggested that Victimless crime be merged into this article or section. ...


The clearest example of this is homosexuality which varies from being legally protected and capable of marriage (See: Gay marriage) in some countries, through to obtaining the death penalty in others. Other examples include: Homosexuality refers to sexual and romantic attraction between two individuals of the same sex. ... Matrimony redirects here. ... Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ...

This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Roman men having anal sex. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual and romantic attraction between two individuals of the same sex. ... Mulher sentada de coxas abertas, 1916 drawing by Gustav Klimt Masturbation refers to sexual stimulation, particularly of ones own genitals and often to the point of orgasm, which is performed manually, by other types of bodily contact (except for sexual intercourse), by use of objects or tools, or by... Clothes free redirects here. ... Oral sex consists of all the sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth, tongue, and possibly throat to stimulate genitalia. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The basic idea of sexual fetishism is sexual arousal and satisfaction through an inanimate object, the fetish. ... Also, not every sexual behaviour where clothes of the other gender are involved are transvestic fetishism, they are also often used in sexual roleplay without being a fetish. ... Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ... Whore redirects here. ... A pimp finds and manages clients for a prostitute and engages them in prostitution (in brothels in most cases and some cases street prostitution) in order to profit from their earnings. ... Vibrators are devices intended to vibrate against the body (including insertion in a body cavity), thereby stimulating the nerves and giving a pleasurable and possibly erotic feeling. ... A sex toy is a term for any object or device that is primarily used in facilitating human sexual pleasure. ...

See also

A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as sex crimes. ... World laws on homosexuality US laws on homosexuality Same-sex unions in Europe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Sex offender. ... Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 5 DVD Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU) is the first of three spin-offs of Law & Order (the other two being Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Trial by Jury; all series are presented on the NBC...

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Examples of laws in various localities:

  • California
  • Canada
  • Highland Park, IllinoisPDF
  • UK laws regarding prostitution updated for 2006

 
 

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