Should those with Stockholm syndrome be convicted for aiding their captors?

Posted by: PetersSmith

Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.

  • Yes, it's aiding and abetting. The person somewhat willingly helped the criminal achieve their goals and refused to support the authorities, sometimes even going against them. Also, imprisoning those with Stockholm syndrome will serve as an example for others and thus make sure that further cases do not arise.

  • No, the issue is that Stockholm syndrome is in fact a psychological issue, and thus a treatment can be applied. Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, and thus it isn't necessarily the victim's fault, being an irrational state of mind. At most the person should be admitted to a psychiatric hospital instead of being convicted.

25% 3 votes
75% 9 votes
  • Like it, it's unbiased. But yes, maybe insanity might work, but if not, yes.

  • no because thats a freaking insane idea.

    Posted by: Stefy
  • This is a difficult one to vote on, but ultimately apathy, or treatment is requires first and foremost. The conditions of responsibility you are completely different to your everyday setting, thus our common notions of what they ought to have done aren't applicable. Further the victim would be stuck with the same dilemma themselves. It is unreasonable for us to assume they have the best answer.

  • Depends on the circumstances, but generally speaking I think no

    Posted by: Wylted
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Dilara says2015-05-13T17:16:24.5530402-05:00
If you look at various kidnapping cases like the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard the victims had this. It's a way of coping with the trauma. I watched an interview with Jaycee Dugard and she talked about how she wanted to see her family but couldn't leave her captors. Plus she had two kids with her captor and that made it much harder for her to leave because the two shared a child. Her, her kids and her captors were like a weird family,
Dilara says2015-05-13T20:34:41.5444355-05:00
Victim blaming. No one who voted yes knows what being locked in a basement or a shed and raped every day is like. If you were in that situation you might form a bond with the captor to cope with the situation.
Midnight1131 says2015-05-13T20:35:35.2969987-05:00
I don't understand, if the victim doesn't want the captor to be charged, then why would you concern yourself with it?
PetersSmith says2015-05-13T20:50:06.8637701-05:00
Stefy: What do you mean it's an "insane" idea? As in convicting them as felons for aiding the captor? Or Stockholm syndrome in itself is an insane idea?
Dilara says2015-05-13T20:57:23.7695784-05:00
It's a way people in horrible situations cope with what's happened
Stefy says2015-05-13T21:22:20.8023770-05:00
No. Convicting people who have stolknhom syndrome is an insane idea. Theres a reason we dont even consider this nowadays. The person with stolkholm is the victim. They git kidnapped and psychologically manipulated and have a mental issue. They are the victim. Always.
PetersSmith says2015-05-13T21:43:29.0240253-05:00
Stefy: Oh, okay. Sorry for the confusion.
Stefy says2015-05-14T06:00:01.4432018-05:00
Lol its fine. I voted on that side though but that does happen by accident a lot of the time

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