If a teenager has one abusive relationship, it’s likely they’ll experience another
The Washington Post - 03/17/2017
“The negative consequence of those experiences are in and of itself what makes you vulnerable to post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse,” said Carlos Cuevas, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern University in Boston. “So it’s both a consequence of being victimized in the first place that puts you at risk and perpetrators seeing these people as more vulnerable.”
Victims shouldn’t be blamed for the abuse, he added. “If you get hit by a car and you break your leg, then your ability to cross the street quickly and not get hit by a car again is impaired — essentially that’s what we’re talking about. At no point is it your fault to get hit by a car,” said Cuevas, who researches violence and victimization, and counsels survivors and perpetrators.