The word "survive" comes from the Latin word
"supervivere." It literally means "to live above or beyond." To survive means stayin' alive against all the odds.
The fact that we are survivors is worthy of commendation. We have done what seemed impossible. We have survived what seemed unbearable. We can hold our heads up.
The fact that we are survivors also means that unless we face the horror of the abuse and its resulting lies and strategies for living, our lives will continue to be directed by that which we most fear and hate. Having endured the unendurable, we can once again do what seems impossible. We can face the darkness of the abuse, the despair it has produced, and watch the light slowly dawn in places we never wanted to revisit.
(from "On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse" by Diane Mandt Langberg PhD, Pp 17, 20)
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