When Perpetrators Are Also Victims

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The judge began his sentencing speech: “What do I do when the perpetrator is also a victim?” Last week I sat in a federal courtroom in Florida, packed with survivors, advocates, and supporters of the woman accused.

I had been asked to testify as an expert witness about the impact of trauma on survivors of human trafficking. The goal was to help the judge understand trauma-informed care. It was a complicated case involving a sex trafficking survivor who had taken a plea deal for a shocking crime that she says she didn’t commit. She had spent two years in jail and was facing another eight.

Read more of this blog post, part of Mellissa Withers’s column “Modern Day Slavery” for Psychology Today »



Author: Mellissa Withers
Published By: Psychology Today
Date: Feb. 1, 2018
Publication Link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/modern-day-slavery/201802/when-perpetrators-are-also-victims

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