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Victims are not made nor
born. Becoming a victim is somehow a logical balance between destiny and
choice. According to Sykes (1992), one unfortunate
event cannot raise a victim.  There must be a fixed
viscosity in the surroundings to be able to raise a victim. Once a person
became a victim, they can either turn away from being a victim or turn into a
victimizer as well (Bloom, 1999). A person doesn’t like the feeling of being
defeated, being a victim makes them feel helpless and powerless and losing
power is a pernicious human experience.  According to Ruback & Schaffer (2002) old
victimization could be the best foretell of a coming victimization. Past
victimizations such as tortures, domestic violence can turn a person into a
victimizer. Moreover, to escape the shell of being helpless, the victim will
eventually find a way wherein he/she can showcase his power and without realizing it he/she also became the
perpetrator. In that way, a person can feel satisfied and avoid the feeling of
helplessness. (Bloom,
1999).

Our various cultures can also trigger a victim to
turn into a victimizer. Cultures such as, “men should be stronger than women” can create a
connotation that men should be in the upper hand. The idea of men being in the
upper hand results to a connotation that men are often the victimizers and
women being the victims.  The male-dominated
patriarchal system is mainly the cause why people put all the blame and
responsibility to the males for all of the unfortunate and evil things such as
wars and cases of different kinds of abuse that has been happening in the world
(Keen, 1991; Sykes, 1992;
Zur, 1989; and Zur & Glendinning, 1987). However, not all the time
males are the victimizers, they can also be a victim. According to Langton,
Planty & Truman(2013), males often get victimized by a stranger.

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The
influence of our beliefs not only allows the chance of being victimized, but
also encourages chances of people being a victim and a victimizer. The great impact of our culture to us can
also dictate what will happen in our lives. Our mindset about masculinity and
feminism is mainly the reason why men are more likely to be the
abuser/victimizer and women as the victims.

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