Feelings of Guilt

It’s common for victims to feel guilty about what happened. “Why did this happen to me?” is a question many people ask when trying to find an explanation for the crime. Often, victims question their own actions to prevent something similar from happening in the future. For example, they might think:

“If I hadn’t...”,
“If I had done something else…”,
“I should have…”.

It’s important to remember that the victim is never to blame for being targeted by a crime or suffering misfortune. Only the perpetrator is responsible for the crime. Often, there is no one to blame for the traumatic event, or the responsibility should be attributed to those who failed to exercise due diligence to prevent it.

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