Merriam Webster definition of the word.
noun as·sault \ə-ˈsȯlt\
Simple Definition of assault
law : the crime of trying or threatening to hurt someone physically
: a violent physical attack
Full Definition of assault
1 a : a violent physical or verbal attack b : a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces c : a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)
2 a : a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact — compare battery 1b b : rape 2
Some things are relative.
A day of 55° C degrees may be considered warm in the middle of winter but cold in the middle of summer. It will not change the actual temperature. An inch of snow falling in Nairobi, Kenya would be received differently than in Anchorage, Alaska. To the Nairobian it may be a memorable of their life and o the Alaskan hardly even register.
So what is assault? Is that relative? Yes and no. Well it can be, but maintain your consistency.
Above definition contains a physical and verbal violence. If I was to yell at a child everyone should rightfully consider that assault. In general it is worse if this assault includes physical violence and is psychologically targeted, but it is despicable either way. Would the child be in their rights to yell back? Could they rightfully strike me? Few would hold it against the kid if they did. What changes this dynamic when it is a wife vocally abusing her husband?
There are many calls about how people should be encouraged to pursue certain things. Or are discouraged due to the the general discourse in and/or social pressures about certain fields. So the potency of words is acknowledged. So if words and perceptions effect this group what do their words and perceptions do to others?
If you claim men can assault women by using words then women can do the same. If you claim white people can be racist by use of words, then anyone else can. If words are a weapon then anyone that speaks can wield them.
I get that the same action of a punch could be considered assault if received on a street corner rather than a boxing ring. However, I keep certain words for severe situations.We cannot live each others lives so we should try to use similar definitions of words. In a previous post Babel of the Sexes I discussed the issues that could arise from miscommunication.
I do not think people intentionally go around lying, but for someone to consider an inch of snow memorable, they must hardly experience snow. So when someone claims they got PTSD from Twitter, I ask myself what kind of relatively safe, coddled and pampered life must one have for twitter to cause such a reaction?
If they are so general with their definitions of assault and PTSD is their world just an undefined world of all-things nice or all-things bad? Not sure what it is like but doubt I would want that life.
- Video of the post TL;DR – #VoteTrumpGetDumped – Stumping the Trump. Discusses abuse both by acting and withholding.
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- This idea that if a child that yells, you can teach them that yelling is ineffective by yelling at them… Christ, some of us are really broken. I am thankful to have escaped that psychosis before having any children of my own.