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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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In the obliged case, the assaulter adjusts the target state variables however keeps the other state variables unaltered.
Similarly, the focus on men as assaulters has resulted in little study of women as sexual assaulters of men (Anderson & Struckman-Johnson, 1998; Struckman-Johnson, Struckman-Johnson, & Anderson, 2003).
Over one-half of the assaulters said that their families solved problems by arguing, shouting, and initiating physical violence.
A similar incident occurred in Iran last year where a seven-year-old Atena Aslani was assaulted, killed and dumped, to which the Iranian government openly hanged the assaulter in front of a large crowd.
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.
The angry assaulter not only hammered the garage man with a piece of iron he found on the ground, but also kicked him several times all over his body.
When he tried to save that child, the assaulter attacked and killed my son.
We have registered the case against unknown assaulter and rapist," investigating officer Khan Mohammad said.
He was an assaulter platoon leader of 1st Light Reaction Company of the Special Operations Command.
The arrest of the assaulter was made by the Criminal Investigation Department of Sharjah Police following complaints received by a security man at the mall.
The app's alarm goes off at a preset time if the user hasn't canceled it, and after seven seconds, an audible alarm goes off, warning the assaulter that help is on its way, the paper said.
Glad you spoke out, but better would have been you pointing out the sexual assaulter & having them thrown out & arrested.