Fear is a very powerful thing.
It can cause one to do unspeakable things. Once it is coursing through a person’s veins, any means, no matter how inhumane, will be employed so that they can escape their predicament. The brutality of their actions loses its taboo nature as they fight desperately for their very lives. Then the situation ends, they shake themselves off and move on.
It also works to the other extreme. A fear that paralyzes the victim as they realize how helpless they really are. Someone can become so terrified of something, so obsessed with it, that even when their perpetrator isn’t around it is constantly on their minds. An image or voice so despicable and appalling that it haunts the soul without remorse. The feel of raised hairs on the flesh, goosebumps...paled skin...increased heart rate. Short breath. They feel these things and wish they were somewhere else even as they find themselves rooted to the spot in terror. They wish they could just end it, even if