A year-old man found masturbating openly on a Stockholm beach has been cleared of charges of sexual assault after the court ruled his activities were not directed towards a specific person. The judgment may come as a surprise but when it comes to penal codes and masturbation, the international legal system looks like a patchwork quilt. Most search results would have you believe that "the penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation". But hold your … er … horses! A formal query made to the secretary of information at the Indonesian embassy reveals that according to Article of national law, the maximum sentence is 32 months' imprisonment.
Weird sex laws in the U.S.
Weird sex laws in the U.S. - Boulder Weekly
Back in the s, U. The illegal act carried a maximum sentence of death. Up until , sodomy was considered a felony and, in some states, oral sex, adultery and masturbation fell under the sodomy laws. But even with that invalidation, there are still some strange sex laws across the nation:. North Carolina has a similar law. So serenading your lover on the banks of the river at Sutherland Park is a no-go. It was illegal in Texas until
Masturbation laws around the world: the penal code
Most of us expect that there are certain acts that, if done in public, will almost certainly lead to an arrest and charges. For example, if you and your significant other have sex in a public place where other people could see you, you can probably expect that you will be charged with a crime. If you get drunk and urinate on the sidewalk in front of the bar, chances are you will soon find yourself in handcuffs.
CNN Italy's highest court has ruled that masturbation in public is not a crime, as long as it is not conducted in the presence of minors. The decision came down from the Italian Supreme Court -- La Corte di Cassazione -- in the case of a year-old man, identified only as "PL," who was caught masturbating in Catania, a city on Sicily's east coast. The man was convicted in May after he performed the act in front of students on the University of Catania campus, according to documents filed with Supreme Court.