What do you think?
Some ex-jws feel strongly we should all be "out of the closet" so we can present real faces to the public on the issue of cult dangers. To those folks I say, more power to you, all the best.
For my own life I have a different approach.
Compartmentalizing is healthy for me. It keeps my past in the past. I am not "rebel8" anywhere or anytime other than the few minutes I spend posting on here each week. I don't think or talk about jws any other time. I do need to talk about it--I've been through terrible abuse & all--those few minutes are like a dose of antihistamine I take to prevent hayfever. I only think about it in the a.m. when I take it, and at the odd time when I have breakthrough symptoms.
Also, I have a totally different life now, a life that would be jeopardized by revealing my identity. People to think of me as the "girl with the f-ed up childhood, she will never be normal". I have a high profile job and loss of credibility or pity would interfere with my effectiveness. My career is very important to me--it's an apt symbol of me overcoming the great obstacle that jwism was.
Imagine the burden of the "f-ed up girl" reputation onthose who are now my family. It would be too much for them. The humiliation and notariety are not things many normal people are equipped to handle.
Finally, retribution is a legitimate concern. wts sent people to my house in regards to things I said about the blood issue, almost 20 yrs after I ended my contact with the jws. This despite having documented written instructions 2x previous not to come on my property, and here they well know it's against the law to do so (per the wts' own letter to the BOE re this particular law here). My husband was alarmed--he said if they would defy that, then they are capable of worse. That is a normal person's reaction and I think a reasonable one.
Now I am not shying away from standing up for myself. What I'm shying away from is doing things to start battles with people who don't matter, when the battle doesn't have any positive outcome that can't be achieved by easier, more peaceful means.
I feel I've suffered enough at the hands of this cult. I am going to do what I want to do in a way I feel is effective. I'm in the driver's seat now.