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The Different Types of Assault: An Informative Guide


There are a number of different kinds of assault that are often misunderstood. It's important to understand how the different types of assault are unique from one another, though, so that you can better describe or understand a situation that happens to you or someone else.

We're going to take a look at assault today, giving you some insight into the different general categories.

Hopefully, the information below can provide you with a well-rounded look at how assault is categorized and what each category means. Let's get started:

Understanding the Different Types of Assault

Right off of the bat, we should mention that if you're looking at these concepts because you've experienced what you believe to be assault, it's best to contact a professional.

Whether that means you consult with a counsellor or you go to the police, the professionals have a good handle on where the lines are drawn and how to move forward legally if you need to.

When you think that you may have been the victim of assault, odds are that the situation is at least intense enough to be talked about with a professional who can help you interpret and understand what to do.

Situations where assault occurs, especially when they have to do with sexual or domestic abuse, can be difficult to go through and hard to understand. This is especially true if there's an individual in your life that continuously perpetuates these behaviors.

So, if you're in the midst of a difficult situation and aren't sure what to do, contact the authorities or set up an appointment with domestic assault lawyers or someone who's trained in how to compassionately help those who are in similar situations.

With that said, let's take a look at assault definitions.

General Assault

Generally speaking, assault is when one individual inflicts or threatens to inflict intentional damage upon another. It's key that the harm or damage is intentional, though.

There are different classifications for injury or harm that is inflicted unintentionally. Assault can even occur if the threat of assault or justified feelings of intimidation cause a person to behave or respond in a way that leads to injury.

For example, someone who thinks they're about to get hit might act hysterically and run out into the road. Similarly, someone who fears for their life might go into cardiac arrest as a result and experience serious health complications.

Those responses to a physical or emotional threat of violence can lead the situation into one where the perpetrator has committed an assault.

Keep in mind that the victim of this kind of assault doesn't have to experience any injuries for it to be classified as such. General assault can also occur whether or not the person committing the assault is using a weapon.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is that which occurs while a person is committing another crime. This type of assault might also be called a felonious assault.

The same rules concerning general assault apply, although the penalties might be a little more severe depending on the kind of crime the individual is committing at the same time that the assault occurs.

An example of this could be a person hitting a clerk as they attempt to rob a gas station. Another example could be that an individual has a heart attack as the result of the stress of being in a place that's being robbed.

Sexual Assault

While cases of sexual assault are rising in modern workplaces, many legal experts suggest that not all of them are true in nature. Meaning that some sexual assault claims can be made with an intention to blackmail someone. If you have been convicted of sex offenses at the workplace, it is best that you pay attention to the contents of this point.

Sexual assault is any act which inflicts violence in a sexual way upon a victim.

Sexual assault can be carried out in a number of ways, not always including rape or what we would normally consider being an "attack." Sexual assault can be any unwanted and aggressive touching, feeling, commenting, or fear of attack.

Many people have a hard time understanding the line between sexual assault and sexual harassment. In the past, the various iterations of sexual harassment were more normal in society and people weren't always aware that anything could be done about things like sexual comments, touching, or any action that creates a hostile environment.

Where sexual harassment escalates into the sexual assault is physical touch. This is where the line is drawn with intention, because there might be an individual who gives too many unwanted hugs, and that can be considered sexual harassment.

If that individual refuses to let you go from the hug as you ask them to, that could shift into the sexual assault category. If someone touches your breasts or your buttocks without your request or approval, that is a sexual assault that may overlap with sexual harassment.

As you can see, these issues are serious and require legal intervention, but it's not always easy to see specifically where the legal line is drawn and what can be done about it.

Clearly, any instance when a person has put their hands on you or made you feel uncomfortable in a sexual way is very serious. If you're wondering about the differences of sexual assault vs sexual harassment, it's wise to talk with a professional.

The Idea of Overreactions

There's an idea among many people that some things don't need to be reported or that you one is overreacting if they go to the police. This is especially true when it comes to smaller instances of harassment or instances in the workplace and sexual harassment occurs.

There is a fear of retaliation from coworkers or the individual that may have perpetrated the crime. It should be understood that there is no instance of assault that's too small to report.

You have the right to feel comfortable and free from physical violence. The consequences that come to the individual are a result of their own actions, and you should feel totally free to discuss your options and move forward legally if you see the need to.

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