"Reclaiming 'victim': Exploring alternatives to the heteronormative 'victim to survivor' discourse"
The article discusses the rigidity of societal narratives around people who have been subjected to violence. I quote from it below the cut-tag.
The society views victimhood as something that must be overcome. When we are victimized, we are (sometimes) afforded a small allowance of time, space, and resources in order to recover–limited and conditional exemptions from normal societal expectations and responsibilities–and are given a different set of expectations and responsibilities that we must live up to (mainly focused around getting help, taking care of ourselves, and recovering). “Healing” is not optional, but is a mandatory process by which a “victim” is transformed into a “survivor”; the failure to successfully complete this transformation results in victim-blaming and sanctions.This is really useful for me right now because lately I'm very aware that many societal narratives don't accurately describe my experience.
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