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|persecutor (n., adj.)|
A persecutor is a headmate who acts harmfully towards other system members, the body, or to others. This is usually out of a misguided attempt to protect the system. Persecutors often hold internalized trauma and act in reaction to it,  and the harm they cause may be unintentional. This can include aligning with abusers, engaging in self-harm or suicidal behaviors, abusing drugs, lashing out, etc. All persecutors deserve kindness, patience, and the chance to work through their problems just like any other headmate.
Related Terms[edit | edit source]
A protector is one who protects against harm to the system; on the other hand, a malicitor is a headmate who acts harmfully out of their own enjoyment, rather than an attempt to protect the system. As many persecutors are attempting to protect the body, the system, and themselves, some may also fit the definition of a protector: that dual role is referred to as a janusian. Persecutors can hold any other role in the system as well, but often are also coltenoirs, avengers, and trauma holders.
Persecutor Subtypes[edit | edit source]
- Persecutor-Otherholder / Persecutor-Persecutor