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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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Sexual Assault by one member of the command on another member of the command is detrimental to the unit cohesion and readiness.
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Some of the assaults occurred during the day in public places -- including a park, a coin laundry and a parking lot -- within a 1 1/2-mile radius of central Lancaster, near where Smith lived in early 2003, officials said.
Leaders at all levels are encouraged to use National Sexual Assault Awareness Month as an opportunity to talk openly to their Soldiers about this issue.
However, those who would assault our liberties will go to ludicrous extremes, then claim it is for our own good.
While a sexual assault by a stranger may occur on camp property, we have a much more realistic concern with such violence occurring within a relationship.
Three years later the Crown stayed charges against 12 of the 16 people accused of sexual assault saying that it wanted to prevent any further trauma to the children.