It really depends on the individual. Victim for some people can have negative connotations while survivor implies thriving in spite of what has happened. I have known a good amount of sexual assault survivors. And many of them have worked really hard to get past their issues and live full lives. Being assaulted can trigger something in a person that can send them spiraling into deep depression among other things. Whether or not you’ve had your own experience, “survivor” is a term that many of us can relate to. For some, experiencing that sort of trauma can put you into a deep fog and again, a depression that you’re not ever sure you’ll get through…you question that you’ll ever be functional again. For me “survivor” makes total sense even if death is not a concrete risk. Consider cases like people who survive emotional abuse by their parents. I consider things like that survival especially when abuse in its most abstract forms can eat away at your well-being and mental, physical, and emotional health on a regular basis.