Posted by Dinah on June 27, 2009, at 10:07:54
In reply to Victim/Survivor terminology**possible sa trigger, posted by antigua3 on June 27, 2009, at 10:00:33
I think that those are loaded words, and I'd resist them every step of the way.
Can you think of yourself as an innocent instead? Not maybe innocent in everything of course. No child is totally innocent. But innocent of responsibility in this.
I too understand that some people are comfortable with these terms. Perhaps they have different shades of meaning for different people. If you're comfortable with it, fine. If you reject it because you don't think it was "bad enough", maybe you could work on that separately. But if the words have shades of meaning that make you uncomfortable to apply them to yourself, I think a therapist ought to respect that. It's not like they need that term for insurance coverage or to communicate with other professionals on treatment.