Many of us ex-JWs feel like victims, regardless of our personal background with the watchtower.
However, how do we define a "victim" of the JWs? I have often felt that the only true victims were the "born-in" children of the JWs who through an accident of birth, have been forced to endure watchtower brainwashing from infancy onwards. In addition, we had to endure the barren existence and public humiliations of a typical JW child as our parents forced us "to be no part of the world"......
Should we consider adult converts to the Watchtower in the same light? Is it even possible for an adult, who willingly "chose" the WTS and their teachings to be a "victim" of the organization?
The argument may be made that many adult converts were particularly vulnerable to the JWs due to personal tragedy, stress, hardship, etc. But, is there a "statute of limitations" on allowing oneself to be victimized by a cult? At what point in one's life should we be expected to have the moral and intellectual fortitude to fend off the advances of a bizarre belief system offered by a cult like the JWs?
Do adult converts to the JWs have a certain moral culpability, especially if they essentially forced the cult life onto their children or via conversion of other adults?