Aggressor in English


The term aggressor comes from the Latin word aggressor. It is an adjective that refers to the person who performs an aggression: an attack, whether physical or symbolic. For example: “The aggressor has already been identified thanks to security cameras”, “The police are behind the track of a sexual aggressor”, “The club’s regulations indicate that the aggressor of a sportsman or an authority must be sanctioned with expulsion ”.

The aggressor is a subject who has a tendency towards hostility. For psychological or socio-cultural reasons, a person can develop behaviors that are linked to aggressiveness, causing harm to third parties. Suppose a man goes to a bank to apply for credit. The bank employee, when analyzing the individual’s financial history and the documents that he presents, is forced to reject the request. Faced with this decision, the man is enraged and assaults the worker. In this case, the subject becomes an aggressor by not being able to handle the frustration he experiences at the rejection of the credit he asked for.

It is common for assaults to arise in the field of sport. The emotional state that play actions provoke in athletes and spectators often lead to violent behavior. A young man, driven mad by the defeat of his favorite soccer team, can become an aggressor of rival players, throwing stones and bottles onto the field of play with the intention of hurting opponents.

When looking at the DEFINITION OF the term aggression, we note that it is an act that arises independently of the actions of those around the aggressor, or that at least it does not usually appear in spontaneous response to a form of abuse. On the contrary, the most appropriate use of this word focuses on those signs of violence, physical or verbal, that directly aim to cause harm.

In the example of the subject who goes to a bank to ask for a loan, we can say that the people present at the scene did not expect the explosion of violence, since everything seemed to be proceeding normally until the employee rejected the request. In other words, given that in these procedures, no entity assures its clients 100% admission, refusing to grant a credit does not represent an attack and, therefore, is not worthy of an act of aggressiveness.

Returning to the situation in which the young man reacts aggressively to the victory of the opponents, once again we can point out that this does not represent any form of violence against him or against his favorite team: it is one of the normal possibilities of any sporting matchup, and no one should be enraged at a loss, especially if they have not directly participated in the competition.

A sexual offender, finally, is one who violates the sexual freedom of another individual through the use of physical violence or threats. Contrary to what many people believe, the sex offender can be a man or a woman and, in the same way, attack men or women, adults or children. His goal, however, is always the same: to dominate his victim in a sexual way.

In this context, there are two types of sexual assault that have certain similarities:

* sexual abuse, any activity of a sexual nature that is carried out without the consent of all parties, in which practices are carried out that involve the victims directly or indirectly (that the aggressor touches, penetrates or forces them to witness other people’s sexual scenes);

* rape, an assault in which the victim engages in sexual intercourse without consent, be it due to mental incapacity, loss of consciousness or being subjected to certain manipulation techniques by the aggressor.