Victims are not made norborn. Becoming a victim is somehow a logical balance between destiny andchoice. According to Sykes (1992), one unfortunateevent cannot raise a victim, there must be a fixed viscosity in thesurroundings to be able to raise a victim. Once a person became a victim, theycan either turn away from being a victim or turn into a victimizer as well(Bloom, 1999). A person doesn’t like the feeling of being defeated, being avictim makes them feel helpless and powerless and losing power is a pernicioushuman experience. According to Ruback& Schaffer (2002) old victimization could be the best foretell of a comingvictimization. Past victimizations such as tortures, domestic violence can turna person into a victimizer. Moreover, to escape the shell of being helpless,the victim will eventually find a way wherein he can showcase his power andwithout realizing it he also became the perpetrator (Bloom, 1999).
In that way,a person can feel satisfied and avoid the feeling of helplessness.Our various cultures can also trigger a victim toturn into a victimizer. Cultures such as, men should be stronger than women cancreate a connotation that men should be in the upper hand. The idea of menbeing in the upper hand results to a connotation that men are often thevictimizers and women being the victims. The male-dominated patriarchal system is mainly the cause why people putall the blame and responsibility to the males for all of the unfortunate andevil things such as wars and cases of different kinds of abuse that has beenhappening in the world (Keen, 1991; Sykes, 1992; Zur, 1989, and Zur , 1987). However, not all the time males are the victimizers, theycan also be a victim.
According to Langton, Planty & Truman(2013), malesoften get victimized by a non-native. The influence of our beliefs not only allow, butalso encourages chances of people being a victim and a victimizer. The greatimpact of our culture to us can also dictate what will happen in our lives. Ourmindset about masculinity and feminism is mainly the reason why men are morelikely to be the abuser/victimizer and women as the victims.