I have been victimized.
I was in a fight that was not a fair fight.
I did not ask for the fight. I LOST!
There is no shame in losing such fights, only in winning. I have reached the stage of survivor and am no longer a slave of victim status.
I look back with sadness rather then with hate.
I look forward with hope rather than with despair.
I may never forget, but I need not constantly remember.

© Frank Ochberg, MD & Gift From Within, reproduced with permission