I’ve heard some people claim that their abuser/rapist

I’ve heard some people claim that their abuser/rapist made them stronger. We must realize that abusers and predators don’t get credit for our strength, nor our healing. They did not make us stronger. Rather, the abusers and predators broke us. They shattered us. They turned our lives into a living hell. They violated us! Do you know who made you stronger? Do you know who made you brave? YOU did! You are a courageous survivor. You did the hard work. You overcame great obstacles. You are the one healing you. You did it!
— Dana Arcuri, Soul Cry: Releasing & Healing the Wounds of Trauma

Healing is comparable to a garden. It needs

Healing is comparable to a garden. It needs tended to on a consistent basis. For weeds to be pulled out. The garden needs water and sunshine in effort to grow. Like a lotus flower, you will sprout through the soil, reaching up through the dark water towards the sunlight, stretching to the surface where you will beautifully bloom.
— Dana Arcuri, Soul Cry: Releasing & Healing the Wounds of Trauma