Predators who pretend to be victims are individuals who use deception and manipulation to gain sympathy and trust from others in order to exploit them. These individuals may present themselves as vulnerable or helpless, often claiming to have experienced abuse or trauma in their past, in order to elicit sympathy and support from others.
Once they have gained the trust of their victims, these predators may use this position of power to control or exploit them in various ways, such as emotionally, financially, or sexually. This behavior is often referred to as “gaslighting” or “coercive control” and can have devastating effects on the victims’ well-being and sense of self-worth.
It’s important to recognize that while some individuals who claim to be victims may actually be telling the truth, others may be using this as a tactic to manipulate and control others. It’s important to approach all claims of victimization with empathy and understanding, while also remaining vigilant for signs of deception or manipulation.
© Linda C J Turner
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