Student or Learner
What does "ongoing pattern" means? Does it mean that the victim thinks the offender will always do the same offense on and on?
ex)Aplogies often fail. One reason apologies fail is that the offender and the victim usually see the event differently. Examining personal narratives, researchers have found that those who cause harm tend to minimize the offense - probably to protect themselves from shame and guilt. They also tend to downplay the consequences of their actions....Those who are hurt tend to see the act as one with severe consequences and as part of an ongoing pattern that is inexcusable and immoral...
(Not a Teacher)
That's what the article seems to imply.