[ moh-le-stey-shuhn, mol-e- ]
/ ˌmoʊ lɛˈsteɪ ʃən, ˌmɒl ɛ- /
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touching a nonconsenting person, especially a child, in a sexual manner: He was arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation and child abuse.See also sexual abuse.
an act or instance of interference with or violence against someone:Under the terms of the citadel’s surrender, the Persians were allowed to pass without molestation through the midst of the Roman army.
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How to use molestation in a sentence
When she reported the alleged molestation to police, Keysha told officers that she believed the child was “embellishing” at first, until she saw the abuse firsthand by Preston, whom she was in the process of divorcing.She Reported Child Sex Abuse to Police. Nine Days Later She Was Dead.|Dia Gill|December 17, 2021|The Daily Beast
Of those arrested locally, most had prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, according to the department, which included child molestation, domestic violence, assault, various drug charges, theft and driving under the influence.Sacramento Report: Sanctuary, Private Prisons Laws Back in the Spotlight|Maya Srikrishnan|October 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Blake told her she first learned of the molestation when she was called at work by social services and told they were beginning an investigation into Mouser.Her Stepfather Admitted to Sexually Abusing Her. That Wasn’t Enough to Keep Her Safe.|by Nadia Sussman|September 18, 2020|ProPublica