From Crime Policy to Victim Policy: Reorienting the Justice by Ezzat A. Fattah

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A contrasting example of a far from ideal victim would be a young man hanging around in a bar, hit on the head by an acquaintance who took his money. His head might be more severely hurt than that of the old lady, his money more dear to him. Nonetheless, he could not compete with her for getting the status as an ideal victim. - He was strong. He was not carrying out any respectable project. He could and should have protected himself by not being there. He was as big as the offender. And he was close to the offender.

People with secrets do also have power, or potentialities for power. While our feelings toward our old ladies of today might be characterized by guilt due to the lack of attention we give them, our predecessors feelings seem to have been more of respect and fear. This point must, however, not be stretched too far. By and large witches were recruited from the lower social strata. A great amount of power meant you were at least better protected against being forced into the status. A small amount of power was more suitable for witches.

It is according to males' "Weltanschaung" and interests not to see rough handling of cohabitants as creating victims. " That means noise in the house. Noise does not create good victims. Noise is something that needs to be muffled. But with these examples, we enter an area where recently great changes have taken place. " Not yet. But they are approaching that status. They are more ideal today than yesterday. The explanation of this development is probably as simple as it is sad: the development has taken place because we are now affluent enough, and not because we have improved morally, not because we are becoming more kind.

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