Stop Telling Child Abuse Survivors to Forgive their Abusers

You cannot police someone’s healing process.

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There’s a bunch of things you shouldn’t say to an abuse survivor, but the biggest no-no is insisting they need to forgive their abuser in order to move forward.

Forgiveness is healthy. It doesn’t necessarily mean reconciliation or condoning what happened…