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In short yes.
Sexual assault is: A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally touch another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent.
The kissing is sexual.
If someone attempts it then even the attempt is treated the same as the actual sexual assault.
So yes it is an assault.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
If you try to kiss someone and they pull away, you have not touched them at all
So an attempted kiss without any contact is treated the same as forcibly kissing someone on the lips