The truly innocent victim always gives birth to compassion from the divine realm and all its inhabitants. This is because it is the ultimate in contrasts, the purity of divinity subjected to negativity in some fashion that may, in fact, be on a level that is truly evil. In other words, quite the opposite of divinity, more so than just unawareness or neglect that is not intentional but does cause some harm. We would say that many, if not most, times when people are an innocent victim, they have contributed, nonetheless, to that situation in some way or another, if only taking some risk to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Many examples that become widely known are, in fact, circumstances where there is a longstanding situation or relationship where someone is at a disadvantage in being with a perpetrator who indulges in evil acts and will harm their victims over and over again. Such suffering and injustice does rouse the passions of the onlooker, and when one is in divine alignment it will cause the individuals to recoil in horror at the injustice and uncalled-for brutality.
But often what is lost in the shuffle is the fact that there is something lacking in that victim in the way of strength, inner resolve, awareness, and a meaningful and effective desire for their betterment, backed up by the intention and a track record of wanting to better themselves, rise above their station in life, and to find a way to be around people and situations that offer fairer treatment and greater safety and rewards of some kind. Those are hardly the actions of an innocent victim but rather someone who is their own champion and, in effect, a kind of warrior for good, if only on a small scale. In fact, we would say someone who is doing their utmost to better themselves and their situation to eliminate risks and to avoid the wrongdoings of others that might trap them in a painful situation, that are simply overcome by a superior force acting in an evil way, represents a higher standard of personal accomplishment. And therefore, their being harmed represents a more egregious transgression than when someone is a victim, but as a consequence of a long-term exhibition of passive acceptance of their downtrodden life, and leave themselves open to being manipulated and even brutalized in extreme cases.
The Law of Karma will see this quite clearly, that any inner weakness is not only a hazard and a liability but a kind of karmic transgression in violation of that very standard we described previously for you, that each person is the guardian of their own soul and has a sacred obligation to see to their own wellbeing and to be protected from harm, in particular, so they can soldier on and make the most of their life through surviving and reentering the fray again and again, because that will lead to the growth that comes from further achievement. The fact it might require a tremendous effort is, in one sense, a penalty but, will represent a greater victory for that potential victim, who may end up the winner in having prevailed, and proves the would-be perpetrator, in the end, powerless to have controlled them and taken them out. So there are many, many circumstances and many nuances that will determine the balance of forces and the meaning of the energies involved when there is seeming harm done to another—all victims are not equally innocent, in other words, and this is an important distinction.
Someone who has a karmic history of being victimized at the hands of others may, in fact, recreate that scenario in life after life and this will deepen the karmic involvement and increase the size of the penalty, especially for the victim. So the duty of that victim to ward off danger and see to their own strength and self-protection, at least as best they can, if deficient, may end up being a greater transgression when it is worsened by life after life of such helplessness. Whereas the perpetrator in the most recent life might be a relative newcomer to picking on someone but is tempted because that helpless soon-to-be victim is just too tempting a soft target to ignore. So this may be the first and only transgression of a perpetrator, but the victim might be a hardcore loser in a sense of never being able to defend themselves and incurring an increasing karmic penalty as they go along. This simply speaks to a need for a healing intervention, and in most cases this will require help from a third party because hardcore victims, just like hardcore perpetrators, are difficult to reach and difficult to heal and repair, primarily because their own karma leads them to many false beliefs about the inevitability of their particular predilections and shortcomings.