ABSTRACT

For many survivors of childhood abuse a particular dilemma is likely to arise towards the end of the therapeutic or healing period, namely how to position themselves in relation to those who abused them and, concomitantly, how to move on. Moving on, in this sense, entails no longer being confined by a survivor identity, but being free to construct a life that has meaning beyond the past and its overwhelming definition of self as someone who is circumscribed by the experience of abuse.