From victim to survivor

December 2021

Article from Esperanza United


“Victims become survivors when they learn to respect themselves, when they find themselves in community, trusting their companions, trusting themselves and when they learn skills that will allow them to support themselves and their families. Victims become survivors when they learn to develop and access their own Internal support structure. It is important that we recognize that while the punitive legal solutions afforded us by legislation have served their purpose, creating external support systems, they have also limited the manner in which we see victims.”

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