Therapist explains why people place blame on victims

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Therapist explains why people place blame on victims instead of perpetrators

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - We are learning more about the Wellton man arrested for molesting a young girl last week.

In the last two years, 20-year-old Ronald Morgan has been in and out of jail.

Morgan was arrested at least seven times for crimes ranging from aggravated assault, theft, burglary, and violating his parole.

Since his arrest on molestation charges last week, police say two more victims have come forward with claims he molested them too.

Police believe there are more victims out there.

On Monday, Wellton police had several psychological counselors on-hand in an effort to encourage more victim to come forward. 

Meanwhile 13 On Your Side wanted to know why some people are pointing blame at the victims and their parents for not coming forward sooner.

On our Facebook page, some people have engaged in a war of words placing blame on the victims as opposed to focusing blame on accused child molester Ronald Morgan.

Therapist Troy Love says often times what people don't realize is they begin to re-victimize the victim, rather than hold the perpetrator accountable.

Love says it is human nature to place judgment and point fingers.

He also says it's a natural reaction for people to want to know why and how something like child molestation could happen.

However, in searching for answers we often point the finger at the wrong people.

13 On Your Side asked Love how it affects the victims when blame is pointed at them.

He says, "The way that the brain works is it stores memory of these recent events in their head and every time somebody brings up the memory of it it's like a flash back inside and their almost reliving it again and again, and every time their brain is flashing that image through their head it's as if it's happening again to them."

Love also says it can prevent other victims from coming forward.

"When one victim watches another victim it's dragged through in order to come forward that makes them less likely to say I want to stand up and be heard to because I don't want to go through that because it looks painful."

Love says Morgan most likely suffers from mental issues and is a very troubled person. \

He clearly does not have the ability to see a human being as a person, instead he sees people as an object.