2.1.5.3 SEXUAL ABUSE DEFINED*

1. For the purpose of implementing diocesan safe environment policies, the following definition is provided: “Sexual abuse” means (1) sexual contact as defined in MCL 750.520a(q), (2) sexual penetration as defined in MCL 750.520a(r), and (3) sexual exploitation as defined in MCL 722.622(x).  As of this writing, those definitions encompass, respectively, (1) the intentional touching of the victim's or actor's intimate parts or the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the victim's or actor's intimate parts, if that intentional touching can reasonably be construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification, done for a sexual purpose, or in a sexual manner for revenge, to inflict humiliation, or out of anger, (2) sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, or any other intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person's body or of any object into the genital or anal openings of another person's body, but emission of semen is not required, and (3) allowing, permitting, or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution, or allowing, permitting, encouraging, or engaging in the photographing, filming, or depicting of a child engaged in a listed sexual act as defined in MCL 750.145c. [1]



[1] Provided by diocesan legal counsel, November 2015.