Article: I Struggle With Identifying As A ‘Victim’ Or ‘Survivor’ — Emmeline Peaches Reviews

My sentiments with the words ‘victim’ and ‘survivor’s go a very long way too. Like the author, I find no personal power in the word ‘survivor’, as surviving is merely just existing, which is really no quality existence at all. No, I rather thrive, even in the face of circumstances I have no control over. It pays to be as gentle as doves and as wise as serpents, especially when it comes to bullies.

In light of what happened to me in my teen years I no longer call myself a victim. Instead, I own it all, even the knowledge of what I was not supposed to find out but did anyway because of those events. I own it all and chose to be proud of it, as several years in victimhood no longer appeals or benefits in any way.

When I was very you I was sexually abused. When I was in Primary and Secondary school I was emotionally abused (something we dismiss among kids with the softer term of ‘bullying’). And, for most of my adult years I was further emotionally abused, to the point where I didn’t even realise it because I…

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