created at: 2010-12-16We often hear well-meaning people observe that abuse survivors need to forgive themselves as part of their healing process. It makes sense – many survivors of domestic and/or sexual abuse spend years berating and blaming themselves for their situation.

But something about that observation doesn’t sit right. To use the language of this season, forgiveness implies that there has been some sin or transgression. To ask or grant forgiveness, there must be something to forgive.

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