Victimization

Let no sweetness of tongue beguile you -- nay, rather consider the motive of every soul, and ponder the thought he cherisheth. Be ye straightway mindful and on your guard. Avoid him, yet be not aggressive! Refrain from censure and from slander, and leave him in the Hand of God.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 315

The attack of robbers in the wilds must be resisted, and surrender to highwaymen is permissible only if one is forced to do so . . . Should you meet with robbers in the desert or come across highwaymen, you should not surrender yourselves to be torn into pieces. You should defend yourselves as much as possible, and complain to the government.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Translated extract from an untranslated Tablet, quoted in letter on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual, 5 June, 1983

Then what Christ meant by forgiveness and pardon is not that, when nations attack you, burn your homes, plunder your goods, assault your wives, children, and relatives, and violate your honour, you should be submissive in the presence of these tyrannical foes, and allow them to perform all their cruelties and oppressions. No, the words of Christ refer to the conduct of two individuals towards each other: if one person assaults another, the injured one should forgive him. But the communities must protect the rights of man.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Principles of Bahá’í Administration, p. 37-38

Thus when Christ said; “Whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the left one also,” (Matt. 5:39) it was for the purpose of teaching men not to take personal revenge. He did not mean that, if a wolf should fall upon a flock of sheep and wish to destroy it, the wolf should be encouraged to do so. No, if Christ had known that a wolf had entered the fold and was about to destroy the sheep, most certainly He would have prevented it.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 270

The friends of God must be adorned with the ornament of justice, equity, kindness and love. As they do not allow themselves to be the object of cruelty and transgression, in like manner they should not allow such tyranny to visit the handmaidens of God.

From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, 24 January, 1993

It is becoming increasingly evident, however, that all forms of violence against women degrade not only the victim but the perpetrator as well. Those who inflict violence on women are themselves among the casualties of power-based systems. When unbridled competition, aggression, and tyranny destroy the fabric of society, everyone suffers. In the Bahá’í view, "the harvest of force is turmoil and the ruin of the social order" and violence against women is a grave symptom of this larger disorder.

Bahá’í International Community, 1995 Aug 26, Ending Violence Against Women