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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-21-07 11:14 PM
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10. Abuse, whether emotional, physical or sexual, is about power.
Perpetrators are people who are not at ease with themselves, have identity problems, and/or
unresolved issues of abuse in their own childhoods. To make themselves feel strong, they must
find someone weaker and more vulnerable to attack, and it can just as easily be emotional or
physical as sexual (the Christian Brothers in Australia became notorious for violent beatings of
children in their care). I agree with you - being married or not has little to do with the
problem - when it's an issue of power, you can have a married man who will abuse his wife as
well as children, his own or other people's, because he's a disfunctional person, not because
he's sex-mad or frustrated. I think these people are often very angry, but instead of trying to
explore their own consciousness to find out why, they attack others in one way or another. Sex
can be part of it, but it's not the beginning and end of the problem.


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