It is indeed important to discuss self-defense and the law with our students, but sometimes I think enough isn't said about the distinctions in burden of proof and such between criminal cases and civil suits. In most states in the US, the criminal law protects the defender, but in some states you do have to be very careful. However, in most states, the civil courts often favor the criminal who seeks compensation for having been hurt when trying to attack his intended victim. Commonly, criminals will harass their victims from jail with frivolous civil suits. It is their legal right and it costs them nothing. Lawyers only collect if they win. But the victims always lose. Even if they win the civil case, they still lose time, money, and emotional stress defending themselves in civil court. To what extent do you all discuss this with your students? How does the law differ in other countries?