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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.


n an intentional, unlawful offer of bodily injury to another by force or unlawfully directing force toward another person to create a reasonable fear of imminent danger, coupled with the apparent ability to do the harm threatened if not prevented. A completed assault is a battery. In a medical setting, the unconsented touching of the body would be an assault and battery.

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Cooley and Jordan regard their proposed seven-step remedies as vital foundations to combating sexual assault because they promote robust relief for women servicemembers that is beyond the control of the conventional command structure and thwarts efforts by commands to cutoff women servicemembers from access to powerful assistance.
Keith Stokes, 62, of Farndon, a former haulier and abattoir manager, faces four charges of indecent assault on a male, one serious sexual assault, one attempted serious sexual assault, and one charge of indecency with a child.
David Lightfoot, 71, of Ellesmere Port, faces three counts of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.
Oliver is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a belt), three counts each of assault and battery and reckless endangerment of a child, kidnapping of a child and permitting an assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury.
The intent of this event was to bring awareness and education to the forefront of our minds so we can prevent sexual assault from taking place.
Of the aggravated assault offenses in 2012 for which law enforcement provided expanded data, 26.
All but two of the six attacks in 2003 occurred before late March, when sheriff's officials released a composite drawing of the man who had sexually assaulted two women and tried to assault a third.
Army leadership has repeatedly stated that sexual assault has no place in the Army, is contrary to Army values, degrades mission readiness and is a crime.
Many studies have demonstrated a connection between alcohol consumption and sexual assault (Abbey, 2002; Abbey, et.
ITEM: Following the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban, contended the Associated Press on September 12, "manufacturers look for a boom in business as people buy up previously banned weapons like AK-47s, Uzis and TEC-9s.
Because of the intimacy inherent in a camp environment, news of a sexual assault is bound to spread.
One year later, Richard Klassen and 15 others, including the children's disabled parents and members of the extended foster family were arrested on sexual assault charges.