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Re: Witness Anonymity

From: HONEYBE100@aol.com [Linda Cortile]
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 04:25:33 -0400 (EDT)
Fwd Date: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 08:43:43 -0400
Subject: Re: Witness Anonymity

>From: XianneKei@aol.com (Rebecca Schatte)
>Date: Tue. 7 Oct. 1997 17:32:10 -0400 (EDT)
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: Fwd: Witness Anonymity

Hi Errol & everyone!

This is my last post for a couple of weeks.   {I can hear the crowd
cheering, Hooray!!}  <G>

My elder son is getting married next week and I haven't even put
the hem up on my new dress.  So, I had better get started!  We're
all excited about the wedding and we're going to miss our son.  :-(

Rebecca wrote:

>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 Informa-
>tion 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.

Yes. I certainly would've benefitted by some advice about making
an appearance at a UFO Conference, when I had anonymity.
Abductees 'should' be told.

However, at my first conference in 1992, I wasn't there to make an
appearance.  I just went to hear Budd speak, not knowing that I
was already known.  Had I known, I wouldn't have gone.  At the time,
in my situation, those three debunkers were determined to get my
identity out.  So, I believe that even if I didn't go to the conference,
at that time, my identity would've come out anyway and this is what
happened to my youngest son.

I think John Velez' idea is a very good one.  There should be some
sort of information center for abductees.  Perhaps, a leaflet could be
printed out with all of the pitfalls and warnings, etc.  A leaflet could
be given to each abductee at a support group meeting, or whatever.
But the researcher would have to be willing.  If not, then a center
should be organized.  Support group meetings, though, are very

>You can't expect to go around the country telling your story and
>remain anonymous at the same time.

But I'm not anonymous anymore and I haven't been for the last five
years.  That's why I go to one or two conferences, every other year.
In fact, if I didn't have my "family's anonymity" to worry about, I
wouldn't care if my family name was public!  But I do have a family,
and so, I want my real name to stay out of it.  Not for me, but for
them!  "I'm just fighting for my pseudonym" not for any other type of
anonymity.  There isn't any!

So, I'm not complaining about my nonexistent anonymity. I'm aware
that I'm out there. <G> The issue here, is that my son's anonymity
came out "without his going to conferences, being on TV, going to
support group meetings or being interviewed by the press."  What has
happened here, is a disgrace and I don't want to see it happen again
to anyone. It's as simple as that!  I believe, a lot of abductees have
seen these threads and have learned a very valuable lesson.

I've been sitting here, wondering why, only a handful of people under-
stood this.   Maybe I just didn't make myself clear enough.  I don't
know...but it's scary.

Linda Cortile

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