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in law, an attempt or threat, going beyond mere words, to use violence, with the intent and the apparent ability to do harm to another. If violent contact actually occurs, the offense of batterybattery,
in criminal and tort law, the unpermitted touching of any part of the person of another, or of anything worn, carried by, or intimately associated at that moment (as a chair being sat on) with another.
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 has been committed; modern criminal statutes often combine assault and battery. An assault may be both a crime and a torttort,
in law, the violation of some duty clearly set by law, not by a specific agreement between two parties, as in breach of contract. When such a duty is breached, the injured party has the right to institute suit for compensatory damages.
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, for which the party assaulted may sue for damages; the victim's freedom, as to move or remain at peace, must have been impinged on. Modern criminal statutes recognize certain degrees of assault (e.g., with intent to kill, to do great bodily harm, to rape) as aggravated assaults and felonies, though simple assault remains, as at common lawcommon law,
system of law that prevails in England and in countries colonized by England. The name is derived from the medieval theory that the law administered by the king's courts represented the common custom of the realm, as opposed to the custom of local jurisdiction that
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, a misdemeanor. Either malevolence or recklessness (as in driving a car in reckless disregard of human life) may constitute the intent necessary to assault in most jurisdictions.


See W. L. Prosser, Handbook of the Law of Torts (3d ed. 1964).


Final phase of an attack; closing with the enemy in hand-to-hand fighting.
The landing of troops for attack on the enemy's beach defenses.
The landing of parachute and glider elements on unsecured and unprepared drop zones and landing zones to attack and seize an airhead.
A short, violent, but well-ordered attack against a local objective, such as a gun emplacement, fort, or machine gun nest.


famous horse in history of thoroughbred racing. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1273]
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Law an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence
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I usually see a sexual assault survivor 3-6 months to a year after the event.
CALCASA is the only statewide organization in California whose sole purpose is to promote public policy, advocacy, training, and technical assistance on the issue of sexual assault.
Roughly 30 campuses across the nation participated in the AAU survey, which asked students questions similar to those in the Freyd survey - questions about sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking on campus.
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.
The SANE program trains nurses to provide comprehensive, uninterrupted care to sexual assault survivors, including conducting the forensic collection of evidence and to provide care with compassion and sensitivity.
And, for the first time ever, we talked to survivors of sexual assault in the military to learn where they have seen progress and where we need to do better.
Sources: The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study by the National Institute of Justice, which in 2007 surveyed 5,446 undergraduate women and 1,375 undergraduate men in the South and Midwest; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
We've been working on campus sexual assault for several years, but the issue of violence against women is now in the news every day,'' Obama said.
most prominent attacks leveled against the Armed Forces, directly and indirectly, are that the military is a more disciplined section of society with a unique sexual assault problem and should therefore be held to a higher standard in handling it; the increase in reported sexual assault evidences the military's failure to adequately do so; and this failure can be largely attributed to military law.
David Lightfoot, 71, of Ellesmere Port, faces three counts of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.
The newly founded union promised to do their utmost to prevent further cases of sexual assault.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and provides an opportunity to highlight year-round efforts to aid those affected by sexual violence and work to prevent future sexual assaults," commented Sensei Feldt, "Through local and national events and campaigns, Sexual Assault Awareness Month highlights sexual violence as a preventable problem.

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