Assault

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Assault

Unwanted and/or violent physical contact with another person. Assault is a crime and a tort in most jurisdictions, though specific definitions differ from place to place.
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Gender is both a distal characteristic that is typically unchanging and a proximal factor used in predicting the likelihood of assaulting or being assaulted.
As Wardlaw closed on Pickett, and before actually assaulting him, "Pickett turned and punched the approaching Wardlaw once in the jaw and two or three times in the chest.