Regardless of the terminology, it is illegal for an adult to touch any portion of a child's body with a "lewd and lascivious" intent.
Usually, consent is not a matter of consideration, and is not available as a defense to a charge of child molestation.
Even in cases where it can be proven that the minor victim was a willing participant, a sex act or improper touching is still a crime because children cannot legally consent to anything.
Criminal penalties are severe for those convicted of child molestation.
However, sadly, much of the recognition and acknowledgement came late in life or mostly posthumously for Owens, due to the racism meted out to African American community in those days.
Ralphie takes the gun outside and fires it at a target perched on a metal sign in the backyard.
However, the BB ricochets back at Ralphie and knocks his glasses off.
After it appears all of the presents have been opened, Ralphie's father, who is referred to throughout the film as "The Old Man," directs Ralphie to look at one last present that he had hidden.
Ralphie opens it to reveal the Red Ryder gun he wanted.