My story of revictimization accounts for only one of forty-two million of American’s in the Unites States (NAACA, 2011). The Compulsion to Repeat the Trauma defines revictimization as the phenomena that “victims of rape are more likely to be raped and [those] who were physically or sexually abused as children are more likely to be abused as adults,” (Van der Kolk, 1989). The epidemic of revictimization plagues the nation; abuse occurs in every socioeconomic level, across all ethnic and cultural lines, within every religion and at all levels of education; even so, people of color, gays, lesbians, persons riddled in poverty and those who have been incarcerated have a higher probability to experience abuse. These findings directly increase the likelihood that the minority groups in question will fall prey to some form of abuse and subsequently suffer from a repeat offense. Although my personal experience is centered around sexual abuse, victimization is not limited to perverse sexual acts. Revictimization has a strong hold in many forms of abuse, including: mental, emotional and psychological. The National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC), reported that men who experienced childhood abuse – sexual and physical included – were 6 times more likely to experience adulthood revictimization. The prospect increases for females, a woman is three times more likely to report adulthood revictimization. The exposure to violence and abuse for our youth has a profound effect on the future we foster.
The repeat offense of abuse has various adverse effects. According to The Impact of Victimization’s October 2015 report, a person can experience an array of emotional, physical, financial, social and psychological repercussions. Even though these effects vary in terms of severity per individual, the essence of the abuse makes a lasting impact in a victim’s life.