In this Essay, I will discuss the "cycle of violence”, that transforms victims into perpetrators, focusing on the Aileen Wuornos case. I will examine the odd lack of support for Wuomos and others like her as soon as they become perpetrators. I will then talk about men and boys who have been sexually abused and become perpetrators. I will conclude by arguing that the prevailing feminist approach to crime and violence has been too narrowly focused on victims, and has - witting or not - contributed to the nation's extraordinary and exclusive turn to punishment over the past three decades.
38 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 367-394 (2005)
Scholarly Commons Citation
Smith, Abbe, "The "Monster" in All of Us: When Victims Become Perpetrators" (2005). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 219.