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September 13, 2020 at 12:16 pm #63882sept4Participant
I made a topic last week about my doubts/regrets over not fighting my sociopath ex husband in court. At the time I was afraid of him and feared his retaliation and did not think I could win.
I knew he felt above the law and would act accordingly. So I chose peace and safety over money. But I’m not sure if that was the right decision.
Ruminating about this made me think of all the horribly damaging things that sociopaths do that are not even illegal! Their horrific character and behavior can be perfectly fine under the law (except in very specific circumstances).
Lack of empathy
Lack of morals
Lack of conscience
Lack of a soul
Can all be perfectly legal and considered fine by the courts except in very specific circumstances (such as lying under oath or instances of fraud or theft etc where there is specific proof).
Where then is there any recourse against such people? In my case my ex’s friends were just like him and were covering for him and complicit. His family did not see his true character and likely would have supported him anyway out of love and empathy. So exposing him really would not have solved anything and moreover would have triggered his rage and retaliation.
And a court would not care about manipulative exploitative abusive behavior except in very specific circumstances, which are hard to prove because the sociopath will just lie in court and hide or destroy evidence and bribe witnesses etc.
Have any of you been successful in taking a sociopath to court to get justice against them?
- This topic was modified 1 week ago by sept4. Reason: Edited title
September 14, 2020 at 7:11 pm #63887Donna AndersenKeymaster
The key here is that sociopaths must do something that is illegal. Courts aren’t supposed to make the law; they are supposed to adjudicate it.
The first step, therefore, is that legislatures must make appropriate laws. In England and Ireland, for example, coercive control is now illegal. We do not have a law like that in the United States.
Then, you need to convince the police to arrest someone who has violated the law.
Then, you need to convince a prosecutor to file charges against the person.
Then, finally, you need to prove the case in court.
These are a lot of hurdles.
But yes, some people have prevailed, in either criminal or civil court. I have heard success stories. Depending on the case, it can be done.
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