The Truth About Forgiveness – Revised

The Truth About Forgiveness – Revised There is something wrong with sentences that begin with “If you forgave you would…” .  The truth is our understanding of forgiveness is often skewed.  At times, the distortion makes it seem barely possible to extend.  Survivors of abuse are especially prone to struggle … Continue reading

Forgive and Forget at Christmas

Forgive and Forget at Christmas Forgiveness is a very emotive subject for survivors. Any mention of the word forgiveness normally evokes a defensive response because the survivor or victim assumes the writer is talking about forgiving the abuser.  But forgiveness doesn’t have to be about the abuser.  Forgiveness starts with … Continue reading

Should you Forgive the Perpetrator of your Sexual Assault?

Whether speaking with survivors of sexual assault or therapists who endeavor to assist in their recovery, the issue of forgiveness raises intense opinions. Some religious entities and abusers have used forgiveness as a tool for ensuring victims’ silence, minimizing the short- and long-term impact of the crime, or releasing perpetrators from responsibility or the punishment they deserve. Continue reading