Forcing solid food down someone's throatIs it illegal to physically force solid food down someone's throat?

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Forcing food down someone's throat can be considered assault, which is not legal. Now this depends a lot on the circumstances. Consider a parent force-feeding a child. It's dangerous, because the child might choke, but the child would die without food. Parents are given some leeway in child-rearing, but this could definitely be considered abuse. The definition of assault depends on intent, and harmful intent, as you will see from the definition on this reference, which states "it is only necessary for the defendant to have an intent to do the act that causes the harm" (see intent). This means that if what you are doing is intended to be harmful, it could be assault.