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assault and battery

a violent attack [upon someone] followed by a beating. (A technical legal charge.) Richard was charged with two counts of assault and battery. Dave does not go out at night because he does not want to be a victim of assault and battery.
See also: and, assault, battery

assault the ear

Fig. [for sound or speech] to be very loud or persistent. That loud music assaults the ears! I can't hear you with all that traffic noise assaulting my ears.
See also: assault, ear
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The complete annual report, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2005, is available online at http://www.
All but two of the six attacks in 2003 occurred before late March, when sheriff's officials released a composite drawing of the man who had sexually assaulted two women and tried to assault a third.
The Department of Homeland Security employed 1,159 of the federal officers who were assaulted.
The purpose of this study was to test the relationships between heavy episodic drinking and individuals' sexual experiences, specifically their experiences with sexually assaulting or being sexually assaulted.
An inmate sued state officials alleging that she was sexually assaulted by a corrections officer and that she was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of her Eighth Amendment rights.
Between September 25th and October 8th in the East End area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, six women (ages 14 to 33) were assaulted by a violent deviate who would approach them from behind while they were walking, try to make conversation, threaten them (in most instances) with a firearm, then sexually assault (or attempt to assault) them.
May 13: A 22-year-old woman is indecently assaulted near an underground station.
During a tournament game for 6th grade boys, Taylor assaulted referee Charles Murray, knocking him unconscious.
Assault increases women's risk of violence-related stress, which increases their risk of alcohol and substance abuse, which increases their risk of being assaulted again.
With all of the modern developments in technology and training, why do the numbers of officers killed and assaulted each year remain, on average, the same?
LAKE ELIZABETH - An aerospace engineer who had assaulted his girlfriend was shot and wounded inside his home by sheriff's deputies who answered her 911 call, authorities said Wednesday.
The FBI publishes Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) each year to provide information about the officers who were killed, feloniously or accidentally, and those officers who were assaulted while performing their duties.
Recently, in a series of attacks in Central Park, between 15 and 25 perpetrators overwhelmed, groped, assaulted and raped visitors to a parade and celebration.
20] This seemed to be the case, since those men who had assaulted married women got away with a reprimand.