Thursday Thought — Victims invariably resist violence and other forms of abuse
Alongside each history of violence there runs a parallel history of prudent, determined, and often creative resistance.
The manner in which victims resist depends on the unique combination of dangers and opportunities present in their particular circumstances. Victims typically take into account that perpetrators will become even more violent for any act of defiance. Consequently, open defiance by victims is the least common form of resistance. In extreme circumstances the only possibility for resistance may be in the privacy afforded by the mind.
Too frequently, victims’ resistance is recognized or treated as significant only when it is successful in stopping or preventing the perpetrators’ violence. We maintain that this is an entirely inappropriate criterion. Victims resist in a myriad of ways that are not successful in stopping the violence but nevertheless are profoundly important as expressions of dignity and self-respect.
From the article Language and Violence: Analysis of Four Discursive Operations, by Linda Coates & Allan Wade