"Regarding Anonymity " - To be able to say what you wish to say with out any one knowing who you are.
I think there are probably many acceptable reasons why a person would choose to write anonymously in making a contribution - toward helping other people, who are coming to this thread. That whether a person writes using their own name or write anonymously - what is being written by both, has a value of it's own - that only the reader - should be determining for their own self the value or the worth of what is written.
John 5:59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself .....
One who hides their self , is not always hiding out of fear, a fear that needs to be over come.
Some fears we have in our life are God given.
When you see a toddler walking toward a busy street , you fear for their safety, which causes you to take action to remove them from harms way.
You are careful when using fire, having a healthy fear knowing the harm, that fire can do.. For good reason , you stay extra alert on the highway because you may if you are tired, fear falling asleep while driving.
There are authors who use Penn names, who write their novels and books, not making their identity known. Does any one read a best seller book, discounting the author as a person or their work because they did not let every one know it was them writing?
Many books of the Bible - no one knows for sure, who wrote some of these books - yet they continue to be published , are endeared by many , and they are kept and read.
I believe if one chooses to speak using their own name this is acceptable and if one chooses to write what they wish to say - anonymously, this is also acceptable.
Invisible, I wholeheartedly agree with you. I also heard from a member of this forum board via private message their reasons for staying anonymous and want everyone to know I fully respect and understand anyone's reasons for remaining anonymous. I just didn't really understand why it was so, but now I do. Both the anonymous and named posters contribute equally with the greater goal shared in freeing others still entrapped in that church.
I actually thought about remaining anonymous before writing my first post but then I realized that I would be giving too many details that would most likely identify my parents and I anyway, so I thought, "Why not cut to the chase?" and save everyone from playing the guessing game. I also felt it would have diminished the impact of my family's story by remaining anonymous and keeping out key details in order to remain anonymous.