A person who is constantly facing some sort of hardship or traumatic experience whether true, self-inflicted or completely false. Typically a person is a perpetual victim for the sake of evoking sympathy from others or being the constant center of attention. These hardships are usually extreme and can be (but are not limited to) life-threatening sicknesses, family sicknesses, deaths, natural disasters, financial loss, IRS auditing, relationship problems, etc.
We used to believe Vicki's problems were legitimate, then I started keeping track & realized if she really had all the medical problems she claims she does, then she would be dead by now. Now we all notice she has a different ailment every month & is looking for sympathy. Typical perpetual victim.