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n. the crime of sexual acts with children up to the age of 18, including touching of private parts, exposure of genitalia, taking of pornographic pictures, rape, inducement of sexual acts with the molester or with other children, and variations of these acts by pedophiles. Molestation also applies to incest by a relative with a minor family member, and any unwanted sexual acts with adults short of rape. (See: pedophilia, rape)
molestationnoun abuse, aggravation, annoyance, bother, disturbance, ill treatment, ill usage, inconvenience, interference, interruption, intrusion, irritation, meddling, mistreatment, nuisance, oppression, vexation
See also: abuse, disturbance, mischief, nuisance
MOLESTATION, Scotch law, The name of an action competent to the proprietor of a landed estate, against those who disturb his possession, It is chiefly used in questions of commonty, or, of controverted marches. Ersk. Prin. B. 4, t. 1, n. 48.