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Etymology: L, assilirere, to leap upon
1 an unlawful act that places another person, without that person's consent, in fear of immediate bodily harm or battery.
2 the act of committing an assault.
3 to threaten a person with bodily harm or injury. See battery.


The unlawful placing of an individual in apprehension of immediate bodily harm without his or her consent.


Forensic medicine The unlawful placing of an individual in apprehension of immediate bodily harm without his/her consent. See Sexual assault, Nonsexual genital assault.

assault/interpersonal violence

A social act involving a serious abuse of power, consisting of the exertion of physical force and power over another individual with the intent of controlling, disempowering and/or injuring that individual. See Domestic violence.

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Within minutes of insertion, commando assaulters seized their intended targets and secured a foothold deep within the city.
In the few studies of women who assault men, women assaulters were more likely to have experienced past sexual abuse, to hold stereotypical attitudes about male sexuality, and to believe that typical female roles are restrictive (Anderson, Kontos & Tanigoshi, 2002 Shea, 1998).
She is the only female assaulter in our group (government forces) before the Marines and the Rangers sent women into the battle zone,' said Mendoza, adding he admired Acacio's uncommon valor.
If I bust my assaulter, somehow that makes me the troublemaker.
Assaults on doctors by family members of patients have been increasing in public hospitals across different cities, as there is often little or no accountability on the assaulters.
00 am some unidentified assaulters had broken the door of their room and made their way straight to the sleeping inmates.
Brig Al Hadidi noted that investigations are on to nab the other assaulters involved in the fight.
The assaulters tore up her clothes and even tried to kidnap her.
The 66-year-old man recognized as Francisco de Souza de Castro also had three of his fingers chopped off by angry assaulters in their brutal revenge attack in Severinia, Sao Paulo state in the week end.
Civilians groups with wooden sticks and knives in their hands assaulted protesters in ystanbul, and the police didn't attempt to stop these assaulters.
Moreover, the Lebanese Army Command announced today that the Lebanese army units continued their military operations in Sidon to dismantle armed demonstrations, arrest assaulters of army centers, and re-impose security and stability in the city.
Chennai\New Delhi, Apr 9 ( ANI ): Three engineering students have created an unique GPS equipped anti-rape underwear capable of knocking down sexual assaulters with 3800 kv volts shocks that will also alert police.