Sometimes, victims feel deep anger and even hatred towards the crime's offender or whoever they consider responsible for the traumatic event. This can trigger thoughts of revenge, bringing to the surface aspects of ourselves that we may not recognise. Obviously, it's crucial to distinguish between fantasy and reality, but it's also vital not to blame ourselves for having these thoughts. This is a completely normal reaction that usually diminishes as we distance ourselves from what we've experienced. It's not uncommon for victims of crime or traumatic events to deny or try to suppress what happened. This allows them to cope with the disturbance they feel after being targeted by a crime. And beginning to remember what was previously "forgotten" is a demanding process that can take some time.

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