chapter  6
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Vulnerability and the Psychology of the Victim

Persons are not bom victims. Instead, victims are created by the environment. In the previous chapter we discussed that aspect of the environment that has to do with the perpetrator. In the next chapter we will talk about how the wider system chooses and creates scape­ goats, revictimizes, and makes new victims. Here we will look at the psychology of the victim because that which leads the individ­ ual into a sexually inappropriate relationship and keeps the person stuck there, is scantily, if ever elucidated, and it is also an important part of the picture.