It’s called a win-win. First you are victimized by the bullying, abuse, abuse of power, criminal actions, and then if you complain, bring it to light, go to the authorities and nobody believes you, you lose again. For the target, it’s lose-lose, for the sociopath, it’s win-win.
Psychopaths count on the naivete of empaths, they know that those inexperienced with sociopaths won’t believe the accounts. That’s why gaslighting works. I’ve had sociopaths say to me, in joking situations, ‘go ahead and complain no one will believe you anyway’. But empaths are absolutely convinced that we are all brothers and sisters under the skin. It’s called naive prey response syndrome, or simply a state of being naive prey.
No doubt Tony Simmons, the juvenile justice counselor, who would casually detour the elevator on the way to court and molest or rape his charges, said the same thing. (That flavor of sociopathy — current stories in the news, Yes! Sociopathic traits cited from the bench, NY Daily News: A predator walks: Letting child rapist off without prison time is an outrage in every way.)
NYPD Det. Charles Derosalia probably said the same thing. He was accused of illegally strip-searching, presumably simply for his own pleasure, 18 women picked up on drug charges. His response was that they were simply “lying druggies”. (That flavor of sociopathy — current stories in the news, NY Daily News: Victim of alleged perv NYPD Det. Charles Derosalia: ‘I was fondled by cop and now I can’t sleep’.)
Finally, let’s not forget third party psychopaths, who will jump on the ‘oh, that’s ridiculous’ bandwagon with no pretense of considering the target’s claims. Psychopaths stand together versus the normy world.
A variant is the 180 Rule. They like to turn ‘words on their head’, it makes them feel superior. http://180rule.com/psychopaths-girardian-theory-the-180-rule/