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Posted: 1/1/2006 11:16:56 AM EDT
If a kid a year younger than me takes a punch at me and I beat the ever loving shit out of him is that assault.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 11:18:54 AM EDT
Bust him in the lip and find out
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 11:26:16 AM EDT
yes
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 12:42:37 PM EDT
It might not be assault, but it is probably battery.

Why the age factor? How might that be relevant?
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 12:55:52 PM EDT
Okay what if he busts me in the face and I take him down.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 1:11:21 PM EDT
Well there is a certain right of self-defense; it sounds like you are looking for a fight though and trying to get out of responsibility for it. More info might be helpful, but I would also state you have a general right to self-defense.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:16:13 PM EDT
Some emo asswipe living up the street yell "faggot" at me (I am NOT gay) and tells me to walk over to him. There are chicks present when he tells me to talk to him, so I think that he is trying to prove that he is so tough that he can beat up someone bigger than him, I don't want to fight with him but so help me if he hits me I will lay that little shitass out.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:21:05 PM EDT
What if you go to jail and someone bigger than you sodomizes you? Is it rape?
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:27:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/1/2006 4:29:06 PM EDT by Dusty_C]
"minimal amount of force to stop the threat", hit him ONE TIME after he's no longer a threat and a hardass could get you prosecuted for assault.

ETA: walking over to him when called out puts you in the situation of having to explain how you were attempting to avoid a fight when you did that.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:13:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By g3shooter:
Some emo asswipe living up the street yell "faggot" at me (I am NOT gay) and tells me to walk over to him. There are chicks present when he tells me to talk to him, so I think that he is trying to prove that he is so tough that he can beat up someone bigger than him, I don't want to fight with him but so help me if he hits me I will lay that little shitass out.



Ignore him.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:33:15 PM EDT
It sounds to me like somebody in that situation needs to be the adult, and it looks like it will have to be you. Act like an adult and ignore him. By all means do not hesitate to defend yourself, but DO NOT go to him. If he comes to you and strikes you, then by all means defend yourself, but do not instigate an altercation.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 6:56:35 AM EDT
In deference to dale's advice above (especially the final clause), you might be able to get away with a snicker and a headshake. When he states "The guy was laughing at me," you can say "I honestly thought the guy was kidding; I was just letting him know I 'got the joke'."

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