Incest

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Incest is human sexual activity between family members or close relatives.wikipedia
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Legality of incest

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Most modern societies have laws regarding incest or social restrictions on closely consanguineous marriages.
Besides legal prohibitions, at least some forms of incest are also socially taboo or frowned upon in most cultures around the world.

Consanguinity

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This typically includes sexual activity between people in consanguinity (blood relations), and sometimes those related by affinity (marriage or stepfamily), adoption, clan, or lineage.
In some places and times, cousin marriage is approved and expected; in others, it is as taboo as incest.

Inbreeding

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A common justification for prohibiting incest is avoiding inbreeding: a collection of genetic disorders suffered by the children of parents with a close genetic relationship.
By analogy, the term is used in human reproduction, but more commonly refers to the genetic disorders and other consequences that may arise from expression of deleterious or recessive traits resulting from incestuous sexual relationships and consanguinity.

Incest taboo

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The incest taboo is one of the most widespread of all cultural taboos, both in present and in past societies.
Sexual relations between related persons which are subject to the taboo are called incestuous relationships.''

Marriage

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This typically includes sexual activity between people in consanguinity (blood relations), and sometimes those related by affinity (marriage or stepfamily), adoption, clan, or lineage.
Marriages between parents and children, or between full siblings, with few exceptions, have been considered incest and forbidden.

Myrrha

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Incest appears in the commonly accepted version of the birth of Adonis, when his mother, Myrrha has sex with her father Cinyras during a festival, disguised as a prostitute.
The myth details the incestuous relationship between Myrrha and her father, Cinyras.

Adonis

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Incest appears in the commonly accepted version of the birth of Adonis, when his mother, Myrrha has sex with her father Cinyras during a festival, disguised as a prostitute.
In Ovid's first-century AD telling of the myth, he was conceived after Aphrodite cursed his mother Myrrha to lust after her own father, King Cinyras of Cyprus.

Taboo

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The incest taboo is one of the most widespread of all cultural taboos, both in present and in past societies.
However, although cannibalism, in-group murder, and incest are taboo in the majority of societies, exceptions can be found, such as marriages between brothers and sisters in Roman Egypt.

Affinity (law)

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This typically includes sexual activity between people in consanguinity (blood relations), and sometimes those related by affinity (marriage or stepfamily), adoption, clan, or lineage.
In law, affinity may be relevant in relation to prohibitions on incestuous sexual relations and in relation to whether particular couples are prohibited from marrying.

Kinship

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Incest is human sexual activity between family members or close relatives.
Marriages between parents and children, or between full siblings, with few exceptions, have been considered incest and forbidden.

George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford

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For example, the accusation that Anne Boleyn and her brother George Boleyn had committed incest was one of the reasons that both siblings were executed in May 1536.
A prominent figure in the politics of the early 1530s, he was accused of incest with his sister Anne during the period of her trial for high treason.

Human sexual activity

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Incest is human sexual activity between family members or close relatives.
Some activities, known as sex crimes in some locations, are illegal in some jurisdictions, including those conducted between (or among) consenting and competent adults (examples include sodomy law and adult-adult incest).

Julia Drusilla

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Despite the act of incest being unacceptable within the Roman Empire, Roman Emperor Caligula is rumored to have had sexual relationships with all three of his sisters (Julia Livilla, Drusilla, and Agrippina the Younger).
Although the activities between the brother and sister might have been seen as incestuous by their contemporaries, it is not certain whether they were sexual partners.

Anne Boleyn

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For example, the accusation that Anne Boleyn and her brother George Boleyn had committed incest was one of the reasons that both siblings were executed in May 1536.
Modern historians view the charges against her, which included adultery, incest and plotting to kill the king, as unconvincing.

Ancient Rome

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Incestuous unions were discouraged and considered nefas (against the laws of gods and man) in ancient Rome.
Suetonius states that he committed incest with his sisters, killed some men just for amusement and nominated a horse for a consulship.

Elpinice

For example, some accounts say that Elpinice was for a time married to her half-brother Cimon.
Greek law allowed marriage between a brother and sister if they had different mothers.

Child sexual abuse

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Incest between an adult and a person under the age of consent is considered a form of child sexual abuse that has been shown to be one of the most extreme forms of childhood abuse; it often results in serious and long-term psychological trauma, especially in the case of parental incest.
Sexual abuse by a family member is a form of incest and can result in more serious and long-term psychological trauma, especially in the case of parental incest.

Freyr

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In Norse mythology, there are themes of brother-sister marriage, a prominent example being between Njörðr and his unnamed sister (perhaps Nerthus), parents of Freyja and Freyr.
He criticizes the Vanir for incest, saying that Njörðr had Freyr with his sister.

Jochebed

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detailed how his father Amram was the nephew of his mother Jochebed.
This kind of marriage between relatives was later forbidden by the law of Moses.

Sibling relationship

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More recently, studies have suggested that sibling incest, particularly older brothers having sexual relations with younger siblings, is the most common form of incest, with some studies finding sibling incest occurring more frequently than other forms of incest.
Incest between siblings is most often short-term innocent sexual experimentation by children, but has been an intentional practice among some historical ruling families.

Colt clan incest case

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In July 2012, twelve children were removed from the 'Colt' family (a pseudonym) in New South Wales, Australia, after the discovery of four generations of incest.
The Colt family incest case concerns an Australian family, dubbed the Colt incest clan by the media, discovered in 2012 to have been engaging in four generations of incest beginning with "Tim and June Colt," who emigrated from New Zealand in the 1970s.

Rape

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According to the National Center for Victims of Crime a large proportion of rape committed in the United States is perpetrated by a family member:
These include date rape, gang rape, marital rape, incestual rape, child sexual abuse, prison rape, acquaintance rape, war rape and statutory rape.

Caligula

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Despite the act of incest being unacceptable within the Roman Empire, Roman Emperor Caligula is rumored to have had sexual relationships with all three of his sisters (Julia Livilla, Drusilla, and Agrippina the Younger).
They accuse Caligula of incest with his sisters, Agrippina the Younger, Drusilla, and Livilla, and say he prostituted them to other men.

RAHI Foundation

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In a 1999 news story, BBC reported, "Close-knit family life in India masks an alarming amount of sexual abuse of children and teenage girls by family members, a new report suggests. Delhi organisation RAHI said 76% of respondents to its survey had been abused when they were children—40% of those by a family member."
It is the only centre of its kind in the country that specializes in working with adult women survivors of incest and childhood sexual abuse and offers services that are uniquely important to their recovery process.

Goler clan

The Goler clan in Nova Scotia is a specific instance in which child sexual abuse in the form of forced adult/child and sibling/sibling incest took place over at least three generations.
The Golers are a clan of poor, rural families in Canada, on Nova Scotia's South Mountain, near Wolfville, known for inter-generational poverty and the conviction in the 1980s of many family members for sexual abuse and incest.