Letter: Our victim culture

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The Independent Culture
Sir: How I agree with Simon Wessely ("In the culture of counselling, we all risk becoming victims", 29 May).

I dutifully informed the police of an attempted break-in and was amazed, a few days later, to find a lady from Victim Support on my doorstep.

I explained that the would-be burglar had not managed to get in, and that the episode had actually increased my confidence in my security arrangements, but she was not deferred.

A polite battle of wits ensued, in which she did her best to convince me that I was a victim while I maintained that I was not. Finally she left, with a last, plaintive question: "So you're not traumatised?"

My impression is that they need us more than we need them!



North Yorkshire