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I completely agree with your Plastic. First off: Rape doesn't kill people. Murder does, and sometimes rape can lead to suicide but to be frank, the word survivor is a little misused compared to how it's typically been used in the last 100 years. People survive near death experiences. Rape simply isn't that. As I said in my own comment, and you said it in yours, it's pretty clear that rape victims are simply trying to use the word survivor to (for a lack of a better term) make themselves feel better. Maybe there's nothing wrong with that. If misusing a word helps someone heal than I think it's worth it.
I first heard the term "rape survivor" listening to NPR and I immediately knew exactly what you described in this post: That people had obviously decided to change the term to give victims a more positive/empowered outlook on their situation and themselves. I'm not saying it's wrong.. but it feels like another example of people trying to control language to suit their needs (political correctness?)