North Carolina General Statutes § 19-12 Definitions

As used within this Article, the following definitions shall apply:

(1)        "Harmful Material".-

a.         Any picture, photograph, drawing, or similar visual representation or image of a person or portion of the human body which depicts nudity, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse, and which is harmful to minors, or

b.         Any book, pamphlet, magazine, or printed matter however reproduced which contains any matter enumerated in subparagraph a of this subdivision or which contains explicit or detailed verbal descriptions or accounts of sexual excitement, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse, and which, taken as a whole, is harmful to minors.

(2)        "Harmful to minors". - That quality of any description or representation, in whatever form, of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse, when it:

a.         Predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors, and

b.         Is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable materials for minors, and

c.         Is utterly without redeeming social importance for minors.

(3)        "Knowledge of the Minor's Age".-

a.         Knowledge or information that the person is a minor, or

b.         Reason to know, or a belief or ground for belief which warrants further inspection or inquiry as to, the age of  the minor.

(4)        "Knowledge of the Nature of the Material".-

a.         Knowledge of the character and content of any material described herein, or

b.         Knowledge or information that the material described herein has been adjudged to be harmful to minors in a proceeding instituted pursuant to this Article, or is the subject of a pending proceeding instituted pursuant to this Article.

(5)        "Minor".-Any person under the age of 18 years.

(6)        "Nudity".-The showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area or buttocks with less than a full opaque covering, or the showing of the female breast with less than a full opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple, or the depiction of covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state.

(7)        "Person".-Any individual, partnership, firm, association, corporation or other legal entity.

(8)        "Sadomasochistic abuse".-Flagellation or torture by or upon a person clad in undergarments, a mask or a bizarre costume, or the condition of being fettered, bound or otherwise physically restrained on the part of one so clothed.

(9)        "Sexual conduct".-Acts of masturbation, homosexuality, sexual intercourse, or physical contact with a person's clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks or, if such person be a female, breast.

(10)      "Sexual excitement".-The condition of human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal. (1969, c. 1215, s. 1.)

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