From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Gross indecency is a UK and Canadian legal term of art which was used in the definition of the following criminal offences:
- Gross indecency between men, contrary to section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 (known as the Labouchere Amendment) and later contrary to section 13 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956.
- Indecency with a child, contrary to section 1(1) of the Indecency with Children Act 1960.
It also titles a play by Moisés Kaufman about Oscar Wilde's conviction of the former offence: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.