Forgiveness isn’t something to work towards, rather it is something that happens naturally in the process of healing. Once you are no longer suffering from the effects of what has happened, you find yourself no longer angry at your abuser. You may never want to see or speak to this person, but you do them (and ultimately yourself) the ‘favor’ of no longer seeing them as a monster. Once your rage has gone you find yourself seeing your abuser as a human being, perhaps very flawed, but human none the less. Getting to this point is good for your body and your health. This is no way implies you are condoning what happened to you, but it is forgiveness. If you try to get to the point of forgiveness instead of letting it happen naturally, you can’t help but miss essential stages in your healing.