When it comes to rape victims and sexual abuse victims, too many people push survivors to forgive and let go. Even when this call for forgiveness has nothing to do with helping a rapist or abuser escape justice, it can enable the criminal by making it seem like the ongoing trauma survivors experience is self-inflicted.
Forgiveness is often marketed as a magical cure-all.
Can't sleep? Take a dose of forgiveness.
Can't go out alone? Take a dose of forgiveness.
Got PTSD? Take a double dose of forgiveness.
This view of forgiveness is blind to so many important issues which sometimes aren't as pretty as forgiveness seems to be but which are important elements in the survivor's recovery.
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