sexual abuse

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sexual abuse (usually uncountable, plural sexual abuses)

  1. Any sexual activity that is undesired by one participant but forced on them nonetheless, especially when considered to be more sustained or frequent than an incident of sexual assault.
    • 1971, ‘Facing Equality for Women’, Time, 4 Oct 1971:
      Statutory-rape laws concerning voluntary intercourse would probably be taken off the books, though both young boys and young girls could still be protected against any sexual abuse by older persons.
    • 2013, The Guardian, (headline), 29 Sep 2013:
      Argentine priest Julio Grassi begins 15-year sentence over sexual abuse.