No one need be "trapped in the role of a victim".
Everyone can work through their own issues at their own pace, in their own time and in their own way.
This differs from person to person. No single individual route of recovery should be the required way and/or dictated by others.
There is a "Recovery" section at this Web site with articles by professionals concerned with the issue of recovery regarding cult victims. The process of "healing" is often greatly accelerated and helped by turning to professionals in the filed of counseling and mental familiar with destructive cults. It is not necessary to "heal yourself". Just as people turn to doctors for medical help there are professionals that can help cult victims through the recovery process.
Some cult victims may feel that speaking out is an effective way of helping others to avoid destructive cults. Again, that is a personal choice. Some people feel compelled to speak out and others do not. Speaking out about cult abuse is not embracing "an identity as a victim", but rather an effective way of fighting destructive cults by sharing information in an effort to better inform the public. This is the purpose of this message board and Web site, i.e. public education.
"What greater victory could the 'bad guys' ask for?"
Well, when cult victims remain silent "the bad guys" often get away with it. That is, by speaking out former cult members have exposed cult leaders and in some situations they have been criminally prosecuted. Most often it has been cult victims that have brought cult leaders to justice.
It's great that you found this Web site message board useful in your recovery process.
But please don't presume to dictate the parameters of recovery or of speaking out for others involved in their cult recovery process. That's really up to them and each person will decide this individually on their own terms.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/01/2012 09:55PM by rrmoderator.