Definition of indecent assault in English:

indecent assault

noun

  • Sexual assault that does not involve rape.

    • ‘Four indecent assault charges and two rapes of patients were found not proven.’
    • ‘We interpose; he was here referring to three spent convictions for indecent assault.’
    • ‘He denied one count of rape and three further offences of indecent assault.’
    • ‘They both walked to a secluded area where the man subjected the woman to a serious indecent assault.’
    • ‘This time the charges were rape and indecent assault, the sentence seven years.’
    • ‘There is nothing to prevent the prosecution charging indecent assault in these circumstances.’
    • ‘In English law the offence of indecent assault is widely used as a residual offence, beneath rape and attempted rape.’
    • ‘We do not consider that sentences of three years are adequate to reflect the gravity of these continued indecent assaults and we shall quash them as unduly lenient.’
    • ‘There is abundant authority to show that such frauds as these vitiate consent both in the case of rape and in the case of indecent assault.’
    • ‘A student fell to his knees and prayed after a jury cleared him on attempted rape and indecent assault charges.’
    • ‘The alleged offences were rape, indecent assault and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘The charges were indecent assault, sexual assault, and assault causing bodily harm.’
    • ‘With rape, or indecent assault, the rules and the way they are observed have been changing.’
    • ‘His son, Dave, was convicted of nine indecent assaults and sentenced to community service.’
    • ‘He was also found not guilty of four indecent assaults and one serious sexual offence against a third alleged victim.’
    • ‘Otherwise, indecent assault is a misdemeanor of the second degree.’
    • ‘Keith was convicted of five gross indecency and three indecent assault charges at Swindon Crown Court on Tuesday.’
    • ‘He denies nine charges of rape, one of kidnapping, one of indecent assault and one of attempted rape.’
    • ‘If a perpetrator intentionally has physical contact of a sexual nature with the victim without the victim's consent, the perpetrator can be charged with the crime of indecent assault and battery.’

Pronunciation:

indecent assault

/inˈˌdēsnt əˈsôlt/