Correction to March 9 “Respect is a given, so look without touching”

North Wind Staff

The article said “Legally speaking, anything short of penetration is only considered misconduct, but it shouldn’t matter when it’s all still in the same category. Rape should and can be considered as any act of sexual advancement that is unwanted and unreciprocated, such as inappropriately touching someone or the unwarranted exposure of genitalia. Therefore, this concept can take on many forms of intensity based on the situation and the people involved. While everything is not considered ‘rape’ in the eyes of the court, it doesn’t mean that anything short of penetration should be considered less serious than what the actual definition is.”

Section 750.520b of Michigan Legislature states that inappropriate touching can be legally considered as criminal sexual conduct and is punishable by law.