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The abused and the abuser: Victim–perpetrator dynamics

From the beginning, humanity has been riddled with brutality. Slavery, human sacrifice, burning “witches,” publically punishing women for disobeying their husbands, religious massacres, legitimized torture, grotesque public executions, and what we would now call inhumane treatment of children (e.g., caning)—were not only common but sanctioned as central activities in the sociocultural foundation of most societies. Fear was embedded in law, morality, and culture. What we now look at as the relationship between abused and abuser were at one time simply the relationship between adults and children (DeMause, 1998DeMause, L. (1998). The history of child abuse. The Journal of Psychohistory, 25(3), 216236. [Google Scholar]), slaves and their owners, men and women, a perpetrator and his victim, and a prisoner and his jailer (Sar, Middleton, & Dorahy, 2014Sar, V., Middleton, W., & Dorahy, M. J. (Eds.). (2014). Global perspectives on dissociative disorders: Individual and societal oppression. Abingdon, UK: Taylor and Francis. [Google Scholar]). Over the years, our views and values have changed (Pinker, 2011Pinker, S. (2011). The better angels of our nature: Why violence has declined. London, UK: Penguin. [Google Scholar]). In today’s Western culture, such actions and interactions are largely illegal, or their morality is strongly questioned, even though they occur with not uncommon frequency. Where brutal interactions do occur, they are thought to be the cause of trauma: a potentially irreparable injury to the person’s psyche, and a potential cause of mental disorders.


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