I have the impression that the word "survivor" can be used in English in a rather loose sense, that is: to express the state of someone who has lived through a difficult, but not directly life-threatening, situation.
Here's an example I found today: "[Her fans] bought 85m copies of her ten novels in more than 50 languages because they loved how her heroines were survivors, not only of incest or sexual abuse, but of being fat, looked down upon, left out."
In French, my native language, using the word "survivant" in this situation simply wouldn't work because the heroines weren't directly threatened by a serial killer, a serious illness or a plane crash. So I'm curious to read
your opinion the truth about the breadth of the meaning of "survivor" in English.