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 Moisés Kaufman about Oscar Wilde's conviction for the former offence: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.

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History - Modern Gay Bathhouses
... costs of such operations (charges of gross indecency in a sauna normally needing the expense of undercover officers), a reduced likelihood of successful prosecution, concerns of being perceived as homophobic ... than outdoors even though users were still committing the homosexual sexual offence of gross indecency, until gross indecency was wiped from the statute books following the Sexual Offences Act 2003 ...
Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 - The Debate Resumes - Section 11
... "not exceeding two years", with or without hard labour, for any man found guilty of gross indecency with another male, whether "in public or in private" ... No definition was given of what, exactly, constituted "gross indecency," as Victorian morality demurred from giving precise descriptions of activity ... In practice, "gross indecency" was widely interpreted as any male homosexual behaviour short of actual sodomy, which remained a more serious and separate crime ...
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde
... Gross Indecency The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde is a 1997 play written by Moisés Kaufman ... Alfred Douglas, which led to charges of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" ...
Tectonic Theater Project - Productions
... Other projects include 33 Variations and Gross Indecency The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, both written by Moisés Kaufman and I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, all of which were created from ... Gross Indecency deals with the period of playwright Oscar Wilde's life when he was put on trial for 'gross indecency' -- homosexual sodomy -- due to his relationship with the Lord Alfred Douglas ...

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