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October 6, 2020

What is the legal definition of sexual exploitation?

Sexual exploitation is when someone does any of the following things without your consent, for the purpose of sexual pleasure and without a valid medical or caregiving purpose:

  • fondling;
  • showing you his/her genitals;
  • exposing you to sexual acts;
  • exposing your sexual organs; or
  • any other act that the abuser knew or should have known would cause shame, humiliation, or other harm to your personal dignity.1

1 Tenn. Code § 39-15-501(13)