Uncovering the Lurid Reality of Lascivious Acts

Acts of lasciviousness, also referred to as lewd or lustful behavior, are sexual behaviors that are considered immoral and offensive. These acts involve the use of force, intimidation, or when the victim is incapable of giving consent. According to Article 336 of the Revised Penal Code, some examples of these acts include touching smeone inappropriately in a sexual manner, indecent exposure of genitalia, engaging in sexual intercourse with someone who is unable to give consent due to age or mental incapacity, and forcing someone else to touch another person in a sexual manner.

In the Philippines, those found guilty of committing acts of lasciviousness may face serious consequences. Under Section 5 of Republic Act 7610 (the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act), the penalty for lascivious conduct when the victim is under 12 years old can be reclusion temporal in its medium period which ranges from 14 years 8 months and 1 day up to 17 years and 4 months.

It’s important to note that these penalties become more severe depending on other factors such as age difference beteen offender and victim or if there are aggravating circumstances such as whether violence was used or not. Moreover, convicted offenders may also be required to register as a sex offender depending on the severity of the crime committed.

To protect oneself from being accused or convicted for such acts one should adhere to laws set by local jurisdiction concerning sexual behavior within public spaces. It is also important for individuals to understand that any type of sexual conduct with someone who cannot give consent due to age or mental incapacity will result in serious legal consequences. Lastly one should alwys be aware that any type of physical contact towards another person must always be consensual otherwise it could lead to criminal charges.

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Examples of Lasciviousness

Lasciviousness is generally defined as any conduct that is sexually provocative or suggestive in a way that is considered inappropriate in a given context. Examples of lasciviousness can include, but are not limited to: making sexual advances towards someone without their consent; engaging in lewd acts such as touching someone’s genitalia; making suggestive comments about someone’s body or clothing; pressuring someone for sexual favors; sending explicit messages or photos; and engaging in public displays of affection that are considered indecent. In some cases, even innocent physical contact beteen people can be seen as lascivious if it is done without the other person’s full consent and understanding.

Elements of Acts of Lasciviousness

The elements of acts of lasciviousness as described under Article 336 of the Revised Penal Code are as follows:

1. The offender commits any act of lasciviousness or lewdness. These acts can include physical or verbal behaviors that are intended to sexually excite or arouse another person withot their consent, such as unwanted physical contact, suggestive remarks, or requests for sexual favors.

2. The act is done uder any one of the following circumstances:
a) By using force or intimidation – This means that the offender has used violence, threats, or coercion to induce the victim into participating in the lascivious act against their will.
b) When the offended party is deprived of reason or otherwise unconscious – This means that the victim was unable to provide consent due to mental incapacity, intoxication, or lack of awareness.
c) When the offended party is under 12 years old – This means that even if consent was given by a minor below 12 years old, it would be considered invalid in court and treated as an act of lasciviousness since minors are not legally able to give consent in this way.
d) When the offended party is unable to give valid consent because of their mental illness – This means that if an individual with a mental illness consents to an act of lasciviousness but is unable to comprehend fully what they are doing due to their condition, then it would be considered invalid in court and treated as an act of lasciviousness.

Penalty for Acts of Lasciviousness in the Philippines

Under the Philippine law, acts of lasciviousness are considered a criminal offense and are punishable by imprisonment. According to Section 5 of Republic Act No. 7610, commonly known as the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, “lascivious conduct” or acts which tend to “corrupt the morals of a child” is punishable by reclusion temporal in its medium period. This penalty ranges from 14 years, eigt (8) months and one (1) day to 17 years and four (4) months if the victim is under 12 years old. If the victim is over 12 but below 18 years old, then the penalty is reclusion temporal in its minimum period which ranges from 12 years and one (1) day to 14 years and 8 months.

In addition to imprisonment, those convicted of lascivious conduct against children can also face fines ranging from 10,000 pesos to 20,000 pesos.

Moreover, depending on the gravity of the offense committed aganst a child, those found guilty may be subjected to lifetime registration as sex offenders with their respective local government units or barangays.

It is important to note that all forms of physical or sexual abuse against children are strictly prohibited in the Philippines and perpetrators will be held accountable for their actions regrdless of their relationship with their victim.

Understanding Acts of Lasciviousness

Acts of lasciviousness refer to behavior that is sexually suggestive or explicit, and often involves actively seeking sexual gratification. Lascivious behavior can take many different forms, from activities such as lewd comments and suggestive gestures to more explicit acts such as inappropriate touching or indecent exposure. Generally speaking, acts of lasciviousness are seen as deliberately exploiting anoher person’s sexuality for the purpose of gaining sexual pleasure or satisfaction.


In conclusion, acts of lasciviousness are considered to be lewd and offensive in nature. These acts can involve anything from groping to indecent exposure of genitalia, as well as forcing someone else to engage in sexual contact with another person. The penalties for these offenses are severe, ranging from reclusion temporal in its medium period for when the victim is uder 12 years of age. It is important to remember that any form of lascivious behavior should not be tolerated and should be reported immediately.

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William Armstrong

William Armstrong is a senior editor with H-O-M-E.org, where he writes on a wide variety of topics. He has also worked as a radio reporter and holds a degree from Moody College of Communication. William was born in Denton, TX and currently resides in Austin.