1. If a character in the dream has been mistreated by the dreamer, fear of repercussions for the dreamer. 2. Fear of being abused or taken advantage of. 3. If dreamers witness someone being abused and liking it, it may be themselves if they were abused early in life (abuse equals love—attention—however represented). 4. If being attacked by an animal or other crea­ture, the creature may represent someone who abused the dreamer when a child.