UPDATE: 2/22/2018 1:40:57 PM
We are the most psychological creatures on the planet. We are experts at pattern matching. Memories are stored patterns. We can recognize a voice and put a name and a face to it inside 30 milliseconds and we do that without having to say to ourselves this is what we should do. Our brain does that as a matter of its self preservation, it does this by constantly scanning your environment for anything dangerous. This is happenign several times a second. The process can be described as looking for anything we know (instinctive) or have learned (memory) to have been dangerous to us in the past. It learned what was dangerous based on the way your body responded to certain situations.
When we get a match our body systems can provide us with recollections of things or events, words spoken or read. Each experience has its own record in our brain in what we call our memory and some memories are flagged as dangers. This can be an insect another animal other humans, a color or movement. This process runs constantly and we mostly remain unaware of it until or unless we get a match of a dangerous pattern from our past.
Rapists are dangerous, police are dangerous when they have been shown to have covered up or been involved in protecting the wellbeing of members of clergy in any crime below murder; the sexual abuse of children was just another crime to not act on when the perpetrator was a clergy man. Politicians are dangerous when they feign or show real ignorance of the harms and effects not just on individuals but the entire community.
By the time a survivor reaches 50 years of age if they have survived that long as many will have ended their life in one way or another simply because they have been repressed to and shunned to the point of wanting to extinguish even their own life as a result of the ostracism and open public bias against those who speak out about the crimes and criminal and psychological damage done to vulnerable children by those who abused them.
We are also drawn toward those who have empathy with us and our life experience.
The story of the Victorian Inquiry