“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
— Audre Lorde
Misogyny: The Disease of Patriarchy
Through their skewed interpretations of patriarchal values and norms, perpetrators have come to perceive sexual abuse as a method for ridding themselves of fear, anxiety, shame, and other unwanted aspects of themselves. Through sexual abuse, they make themselves ‘more’ by making someone else feel ‘less’.