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Support Group. Somewhat like a self-help group, members who have a similar prob­lem meet to provide each other with help and support in dealing with those issues. Leaders of such groups are usually trained professionals who act as facilitators and so do not share the problem around which the group was established (in contrast to a typical self-help group format).

Survivor. One who was the victim of sexual abuse or assault and who has attempted to deal productively and realistically with the reality of their victimization. As a dec­laration of healing, empowerment, and personal agency, the term “survivor” (also “thriver”) is preferred by many over “victim.”

Taboo. Signifying that which is forbidden. A ban on an unacceptable action that carries with it significant social ramifications if violated.

Type-scene. A type-scene is a literary device in which the repetition of conventions of speech and behavior occur in analogous situations (e.g., birth, initiatory trial, betrothals, annunciations, rivalries between the barren and fertile wives, trials in the wilderness, revival of the dead child, and the deathbed). In a story, a type-scene produces expectations in a reader (e.g., “Once upon a time”), which can then be reworked for emphasis by the narrator.


This select glossary is from Andrew J. Schmutzer, ed., The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2011). Used by permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers.

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Category: Pneuma Review, Summer 2013

About the Author: The editors are Raul Mock, Mike Dies, Joe Joslin, and Jim Dettmann with significant input from other writers including John Lathrop, Amos Yong, Tony Richie, and Kevin Williams.

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