SURVIVOR not victim

  •        vic·tim
                       noun :a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action
  •       sur·vi·vor
               noun  a person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died.
    A long pending follow through, a brief post on domestic abuse and what everyone should know about it. One of the main things I was taught as a volunteer for an organization that deals with domestic abuse and domestic violence is never to address them as victims. You read above, the definition is precise. Victims are those who are harmed in the process whereas survivors are those who fight through and come out to live better. 
    Victims are those who cannot/have not fought back whereas survivors show immense strength and conquer all hurdles. And when you do meet a survivor , encourage them not just to survive but to thrive, mentally and physically. Survivors move on to thriving when they start moving forward, when they work towards a better life, and healthier relationships. When they leave their past behind and basically getting back their life.
    If you ever come across anyone who has gone through sexual abuse, domestic violence , pain, mental health issues , please encourage them to be survivors, provide the strength you can and if they are survivors then encourage them to thrive . Even if you cannot help them , never ever bring them down by discriminating, pointing out, discouraging , embarrassing or the like.
    As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and if you like more posts on such topics. Please leave your comments below. Thank you!
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3 thoughts on “SURVIVOR not victim

  1. […] make you think. If you had followed my blog from the beginning you would know that I advocate for Domestic Violence (DV). So, the only thing I am going to reveal is that the baseline of these two books was DV and it was […]

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  2. What a simple yet powerful distinction Janani. Thank you for this post. I will definitely remember this for the future. One word can make such a difference.

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