I keep hearing this word, but I have a hard time pinning it down. Sometimes it seem to only be used when rape or sexual assault is involved, but not always.

Wikipedia says:

A sexual predator is a person seen as obtaining or trying to obtain sexual contact with another person in a metaphorically "predatory" or abusive manner.

I am not sure what "predator" and "abusive" means specifically, but it goes on to say (emphasis mine):

People who commit sex crimes, such as rape or child sexual abuse, are commonly referred to as sexual predators, particularly in tabloid media or as a power phrase by politicians.

I have also heard it used to describe, what I would call flirting, with no legal ramifications. It seems to be used across a wide spectrum. Since it is used as a Power Phrase, does it have a political definition?

Does an official definition exist? Maybe from the body of law?

If not official, are there good ways to find out how people use it?


Example from Interpersonal Skills Exchange

Then He asked me that if I had had one night stands and I told him, "No". And after a while with a lot of build up (like can I ask you something? Don't tell anyone that I asked you this) he asks me if I was still a virgin? I was taken aback. He then wants to know why to which I reply that I am waiting for my special someone. He goes on to make fun of that.

This is the example that got me thinking about it, when someone called it predatory behavior, which I admittedly don't know is the same a being a Sexual Predator. From Merriam Webster's definition, there is no violence here, only words.



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