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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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One study that compared juvenile child molesters with juvenile sex assaulters found two-thirds of the molesters to be socially isolated, versus one-third of the assaulters.
Abbey (2002) reported that 54% of women and less that 5% of men are sexually assaulted, and when men are sexually assaulted the assaulter is usually male.
8) For elaboration of the idea that the harm in assault is in part a function of the symbolic message being sent by the assaulter and received by the victim, see Forgiveness and Mercy by J.
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.
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.
Over one-half of the assaulters said that their families solved problems by arguing, shouting, and initiating physical violence.
Eye witnesses told The Frontier Post, Malik Qader Khan, his gunman Gul Aslam who was also his cousin and his driver Sabzali Khan were killed on the spot while an alleged assaulter commander Nek Muhmmad and his two comrades were seriously injured in retaliatory firing of Qader's escort.
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.
According to the assaulter, the case dates back to a few years ago when the duo met in the northern emirate where they consumed too much alcohol and willingly, yet unconsciously, sodomised each other.
What if the assaulter happens to be a heavyweight politician or some other powerful person?
While in Lucky Marwat law enforcement agencies apprehended a 20 years old suicidal assaulter with a jeep with explosive material of about 500Kg namely Saddam reportedly hailing from Miran Shah.