I don't see it persuading anyone. If anything the abuse should have made him less likely to abuse. And to go on to say it was a sudden break is beyond dishonest. I just don't see the appearance of a fantasy progressing to abuse so quickly that one doesn't know or understand what is happening this many times. Once is possible but to do this over a long period of time using extortion by power and threat of witholding what amounts to life saving benefits he is not doing this as a compulsive reaction to having been abused. It was a long term, more than a decade pattern of abuses.
I see no reason to give the fact of his having been abused any weight in his sentencing.
The Vampire Myth is a myth. Abuse may confuse one and make on do strange, humiliating, and destructive things but I do not see becoming an abuser as one of those things.
Edited by kidneythis (12/15/10 03:17 PM)
As Mark Twain once quipped, history may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.