EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BEING FALSELY ACCUSED OF A CRIME



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It hurts to be accused of something when one is innocent. It’s even more devastating when the allegation involves a crime that could result in a humiliating investigation, one’s reputation being dragged through the mud, family being impacted, and possible jail time. This can happen with a false accusation of most crimes, including…

EXAMPLES:
Homicide
Sexual harassment of an employee
Discrimination at work
Child or spousal abuse
Sexual abuse (of a student, neighbor, one’s child, etc.)
Theft
Corruption (misappropriating funds, bribes, abuse of power, law-breaking, etc.)
Blackmail
Kidnapping
Vandalizing school or neighborhood property
Dealing drugs
Prostitution

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Injustice and Hardship

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:

safety and security, love and belonging, esteem and recognition, self-actualization


LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They'll never be able to clear their name
Even though they were found innocent, people will always wonder about them
To avoid any hint of wrongdoing, they have to be perfect
No one will trust them
This now defines them
Because of this stain on their reputation, they have to give up their dream (or public office, their career, etc.).

THE CHARACTER MAY FEAR:
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POSSIBLE RESPONSES AND RESULTS:
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POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES THAT MAY RESULT:
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NEGATIVE TRAITS THAT MAY RESULT:
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TRIGGERS THAT MIGHT AGGRAVATE THIS WOUND:
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STEPS TOWARD HEALING:
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OPPORTUNITIES TO FACE OR OVERCOME THIS WOUND:
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