In law, assault is a crime that involves causing a victim to apprehend violence. The term is often confused with battery, which involves physical contact. The specific meaning of assault varies between countries, but can refer to an act that causes another to apprehend immediate and personal violence, or in the more limited sense of a threat of violence caused by an immediate show of force. Assault in some US jurisdictions is defined more broadly still as any intentional physical contact with another person without their consent; but in the majority of the United States, and in England and Wales and all other common law jurisdictions in the world, this is defined instead as battery. Some jurisdictions have incorporated the definition of civil assault into the definition of the crime making it a criminal assault to intentionally cause another person to apprehend a harmful or offensive contact.
Other articles related to "assault":
... the Hunter and the Sky Rocket, Brigadier General Peleg Wadsworth led an assault force of 400 (200 marines and 200 militia) ashore with orders to capture the ... The American casualties in the assault had been severe "one hundred out of four hundred men on the shore and bank", with the Continental Marines suffering more heavily than the militia ...
... preceded to a rendezvous point just south of Guam for the impending amphibious assault on that island ... she escorted oilers on their nightly retirement from the assault area and conducted antisubmarine searches ...
... The Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV)—official designation AAV-7A1 (formerly known as Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel-7 abbr ... It is used by USMC Assault Amphibian Battalions to land the surface assault elements of the landing force and their equipment in a single lift from ...
... The first use of helicopters in an amphibious assault came during the Anglo-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt in 1956 (the Suez War) ... fleet carriers were pressed into service to carry helicopters, and a battalion-sized airborne assault was made ... The modern amphibious assault can take place at virtually any point of the coast, making defending against them extremely difficult ...
... Assault in Ancient Greece was normally termed hubris ... of the law against hubris included what would today be termed assault and battery sexual crimes ranging from forcible rape of women or children to consensual but improper ...
Famous quotes containing the word assault:
“What SoftCherubic Creatures
These Gentlewomen are
One would as soon assault a Plush
Or violate a Star”
—Emily Dickinson (18301886)
“Among women.The truth? Oh, you dont really know what the truth is! Isnt it an assault on all our pudeurs?”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“To assault the total culture totally is to be free to use all the fruits of mankinds wisdom and experience without the rotten structure in which these glories are encased and encrusted.”
—Judith Malina (b. 1926)