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offend against

1. To affront, betray, or violate the principles or laws of someone or something. Anyone who offends against the moral codes of our town will face strict, merciless punishment. Pardon me, madam. I did not mean to offend against you or your fair virtues. Police have been given the authority to arrest anyone offending against this law without a warrant or a trial.
2. To commit a sexual crime against someone. The team doctor had systematically offended against young gymnasts for nearly 20 years before he was finally arrested.
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offend (one) with (something)

To instill or instigate offense, anger, or displeasure in one by some words or actions. I think you may have offended our clients with your off-color remarks. Please don't offend my grandparents with any rude behavior, OK?
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offend against someone or something

to anger or affront someone or something. We do not wish to offend against anyone. He didn't realize that he offended against their cultural values.
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offend someone with something

to anger or affront someone with something. Don't offend us with your bad jokes. I offended Ralph with my constant niggling.
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The average number of reconvictions per offender for CPOs was 0.55 in 2016-17 which was the same as the previous year.
New figures show there were 3,340 registered sex offenders living in the West Midlands police force area at the end of March 2018.
Just over 4,700 sex offenders live in Wales - an increase of 58.59% compared with eight years ago.
TEESSIDE has a higher proportion of sex offenders than almost anywhere else in England, it can be revealed.
On top of all that, the victim must also carry the burden of prosecuting the offender. There is a noticeable need for change in our approach to prosecution.
The Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registration Unit reviews sex offender profiles every day.
The sex offender list includes registered sex offenders, the crimes they committed, their mugshots and their distance from the place where the search was conducted from.
The force said the whereabouts of one registered sex offender was unknown.
New figures show that, in March this year, there were 1,658 registered sex offenders living in the Merseyside Police force area.
Citing the doctrine of preemption which prohibits a local government from enacting local laws inconsistent with the State Constitution or general laws of the state, the Court ruled, the state's 'purpose and design' in enacting various laws such as the Sex Offenders Registration Act (1996) or "Megan's Law", the Sexual Assault Reform Act (2000; broadened in 2005), the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (2007), and Chapter 568 of the Laws of 2008 (Chapter 568), is to preempt local residency restriction legislation and "occupy the entire field".
The figures revealed that one convicted sex offender in Gloucestershire has been missing since 2000, another in Northumbria disappeared in May 2002, while an offender in Humberside has not been heard of since September 2004.
In one popular model of offender rehabilitation called the Risk-Needs-Responsivity Model, Andrews and Bonta discuss the importance of responsivity, which calls for treatment interventions to consider the offender's personal strengths and socio-biological-personality factors.(2) Treatment can be enhanced if the intervention pays attention to personal factors that can facilitate learning.
"Young children may go into therapy because they're touching their younger sister or cousin, and the therapist calls the authorities." Entering therapy doesn't automatically place a child on a sex offender list; but therapists in most states are required to contact the authorities when there is a possibility a patient may be a danger to himself or someone else.