What really helps me as a survivor is when someone in my group therapy will talk about an effect of their abuse and a strategy they've used to overcome or work through it.
For example, one survivor told me, "I hate stinky cigar smell. It reminds me of my abuser. Then I realized that there's probably a lot of people out there who were never abused as children who happen to hate that smell too. Then I realized I am not alone with this and that helped to lesson the fear, anger and disgust I feel whenever I smell stinky cigar smoke."