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Meaning of sexual act—pt 3

    (1)     In this part:

"sexual act"—

        (a)     means—

              (i)     sexual intercourse; or

              (ii)     an act of indecency; or

              (iii)     any other act in circumstances where a reasonable person would consider the act to be sexual; but

        (b)     does not include—

              (i)     an act carried out for a proper medical purpose; or

              (ii)     an act otherwise authorised by law.

Note     The definition of sexual act applies to all of pt 3 unless another provision of pt 3 provides otherwise or the contrary intention otherwise appears (see Legislation Act

, s 155).

    (2)     The matters to be taken into account in deciding whether a reasonable person would consider an act to be sexual include the following:

        (a)     whether the area of the body involved in the act is a person's breasts, genital area or anal area;

        (b)     whether the person carrying out the act does so for the purpose of sexual arousal or sexual gratification;

        (c)     whether any other aspect of the act (including the circumstances in which it is carried out) makes it sexual.

    (3)     In this section:

    "object"—see section 50 (2).

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