Gross Indecency

Gross indecency is a UK and Canadian legal term which was used in the definition of the following criminal offences:

  • Gross indecency between men, contrary to section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 (known as the Labouchere Amendment) and later contrary to section 13 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956.
  • Indecency with a child, contrary to section 1(1) of the Indecency with Children Act 1960.

It also titles a play by Mois├ęs Kaufman about Oscar Wilde's conviction for the former offence: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.

Famous quotes containing the word gross:

    There are moods in which one feels the impulse to enter a tacit protest against too gross an appetite for pure aesthetics in this starving and sinning world. One turns half away, musingly, from certain beautiful useless things.
    Henry James (1843–1916)