Sexual abuse survivor Thordis Elva defends forgiving her rapist on TV

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It’s the controversial TED talk that everybody saw. 

Icelandic writer Thordis Elva shared the stage with her high school boyfriend and rapist, Australian man Tom Stranger — both inviting the audience to discuss sexual violence in a new way. 

However, sharing a stage, co-writing a book (South of Forgiveness) and forgiving one’s rapist is a concept many are uncomfortable with. 

So when Elva was a guest on Australian panel show Q&A, she found herself defending her path to forgiveness and reconciliation. Some felt her attacker wasn’t held to account, while an advocate for domestic abuse survivors warned of the “vicious cycle” that traps many survivors who forgive.  Read more…

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