All oppressors were and still are victims. Whereas the victim who wishes to remain a victim seeks a savior, the victim can also rise up to become the oppressor in their attack upon their chosen savior. An oppressor is the role taken by victims who move to the other extreme of the off-balance game of victimhood. They take the position of the person or persons who oppressed and abused them which originally forced them into the position of a victim. It is a power game. The victim feels powerless and so seeks to obtain or force a feeling of power of some aspect of their lives in any way possible. Becoming an oppressor is one such way the victim tries to create some semblance of power in their lives. Unfortunately it is not balanced power since it creates victims of others.
Even the act of drawing to them the savior mentalities is a way to feel like they have some kind of power in their victim mentality lives. But again, this is not balanced power because instead of finding deep personal power they are seeking another person to give their power to. The very act of trying to create a feeling of personal power sets them up for the inevitable power give-away, which keeps them in the victim role.
When a part of a victims mind is trapped in what happened to make them feel like a victim, especially in cases where it was another person who abused them, that part of the mind sometimes can take the place of the oppressor. The oppressor continues to act out the abuse from within to keep the rest of the mind trapped in the feelings of victimhood. This dynamic can expand outward into the need to oppressor others as a means of trying to protect themselves, protect the victimized aspects of them trapped within by the trauma.
The rise of the oppressor is actually a protective mechanism as well as an expression of the suffering they feel inside from the inability to successfully address the past experiences. The oppressor act drives caring people away and draws other oppressors (victims) to them, which reinforces the victim mentality and strife.
It is all part of the dissociative process connected with trauma from abuse. The trauma creates a spilt in the brain. This split can be a form of self protection during abusive events. However, if the trauma is not addressed and healed those splits can potentially grow into their own inner voices and in extreme cases, personalities. Some of those could be solely victim mentalities, some can act as saviors, while others can become the oppressors. All three can exist in one person. They do not have to. Not every victim becomes an oppressor or savior, but those who do could be acting out the internal game of abusive trauma based dissociation. The game has no end, no winner, and no resolve. The only way the game stops is through the proper addressing and healing of the trauma itself. Only then will a person feel safe enough not to feel like a victim, not to become the sacrificial savior and not to become the protective oppressor.
The victim feels unsafe. The savior wants to save others in order to avoid saving themselves, distraction. The oppressor feels the world is dangerous and so needs to protect the victim inside through anger and domination of everything around them. It all comes down to the need for control and predictability in a world where people have very little of either.
The only way the game ends is when genuine people who have moved out of victimhood help guide others still locked in victim mentalities to the power found within their core. The healing of trauma through patience, care, compassion, understanding, acceptance and love stops the victimhood game by helping a victim surpass victimhood and enter a state of elevated self acceptance and personal power. No more victims, no more saviors and no more oppressors.
In a world dominated by and structured around the victimhood game, this process is very slow and there are far more victims than people who have surpassed enough to successfully help others. The very systems of government, economics, corporation, law, military, media and education not only fully support victimhood and victimization, but continue to advance the structure of the modern social world to continually create and renew the victimhood game on all levels. It is everywhere.
Personally I think the first steps for healing is the awareness of what is happening. From there the work must begin within the self of every person by stating they truly want to heal and mean it. Once those two vitally essential points are embraced, external pieces can begin to either fall into place or be created so the potent process can move forward. But it does not happen overnight and since the system is the way it is and the amount of victims far overpower those who have surpassed, the global process moves slower than a snail on a cool rainy day. Even so, that should not deter because it is all about healing as individuals, not as a global population. Individuals create the population, not the other way around. So focus within, on self and that is all that matters.