A loud noise assailed her ears.
Making fun of someone in a hurtful way is an example of to assail.
Hitting someone is an example of to assail.
Muggers assailed them as they entered an alley.
For the next six months or so those children will assail her in public with demands for an improper story! (from H.H. Munro's short story, "The Storyteller").
Origin of assail
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition