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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. There are several laws that cover exposure.
Sexually Related Offenses – Sexual Assault, Public Masturbation, Indecent Exposure
In the United States , indecent exposure refers to conduct undertaken in a non-private or in some jurisdictions publicly viewable location, which is deemed indecent in nature, such as nudity , masturbation or sexual intercourse. The legal definition in a given location may not specify all activities that would be covered. The issue of flashing or indecent exposure can be traced back in the United States as early as the s as demonstrated in this Sacramento Daily Union article which reads:.
In the UK, the standard sentence for masturbation in public is around 14 days in prison - although it can vary based on conditional factors. In Indonesia, the maximum sentence is 32 months' imprisonment and in Saudi Arabia it's three years behind bars and lashes. Don't ask me how I know this. Meanwhile, over in Italy, masturbating in public is not a crime, according to the Italian supreme court. Even if the sicko decides to whip out his wiener in a deliberate act for it to be seen by other members of the public, it's totally not illegal.