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the wording of some of this is kind of weird...i don't mind being public about being an abuse survivor, but it rubs me the wrong way when people hear that & assume that i must be "strong," or even stronger than i would have been had the abuse never occurred. i would prefer not to be "applauded" for having been abused. it's something that should have never happened. words like "applaud" & phrases like "abuse makes survivors stronger" almost veers into acting like abuse was a good thing in some weird, twisted way, which i know is not your intention.
i guess i'd just reconsider the phrasing to be a little more sensitive to abuse survivors. i certainly would not use the word "victim" at all in a call for submissions.