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Re: Witness Anonymity

From: XianneKei@aol.com [Rebecca Schatte]
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 17:32:10 -0400 (EDT)
Fwd Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 23:36:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Witness Anonymity

> From: HONEYBE100@aol.com [Linda Cortile]
>  Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 03:00:49 -0400 (EDT)
>  Fwd Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 09:57:19 -0400
>  Subject: Re: Witness Anonymity

>  I don't know about the other abductees, but I wasn't warned of
>  the consequences of coming forward publicly.  In fact, at the
>  time, I didn't even know that going to a 1992 UFO conference
>  meant that I was going public and I wasn't aware that anyone
>  outside of our support group, knew me.  I found out too late.

Do you think you could have benefitted from some advice about
making an appearance at a UFO Conference? I'm not being snide
here. I'm really trying to make a point. Someone NEEDS to be able
to spell these kinds of things out for abductees.

This is why I think that John Velez' idea of an Abductee
Information Center is such a good idea! Abductees don't just need
support groups (support groups might not be a good idea in all
cases) but they do need to know the pitfalls and traps of telling
their story.

>  Outside of my husband and children's identities,  there is no
>  privacy.  Unfortunately, my identity came out 5 years ago.  So,
>  whether I like it or not, I've been out there.  There's no need to
>  hide behind sunglasses <G> and I'm perfectly willing to speak to
>  people who approach me.  Most of them tell me about their own
>  experiences.  So, I'm not really subjecting myself to anything
>  negative.  In fact, I've felt flattered and a little embarrassed when
>  talking with these people.  It would be ungracious and rude
>  of me to turn them down.  They're always nice.  And I must admit
>  that I've made a lot of new friends across the country over the years
>  and the only time I see them again, is at a MUFON conference.
>  Also, I have an interest in the propulsion of  UFO's.  There's no
>  better place than a UFO conference to satisfy my curiosity.

But at the same time Linda, you are putting yourself out there. I
think it's perfectly fine if you want to share your story,
interact with others or even attend conferences to satisfy a
curiosity. There is nothing wrong with that. But you must be
aware by doing so, opens you up to criticism (even if you didn't
there'd probably be critics). You can't expect to go around the
country telling your story and remain anonymous at the same

I know you were outed a long time ago. I can't unring that bell.
I don't know the circumstances of why that happened but it did.


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