Where is the face of humanity in research projects that involve abductees?
Let’s say a professional person out there who holds a job, has a family, and who doesn’t know anything about the UFO community, wants to contact somebody about their experiences and checks out the big three web sites for information. What would they find?
The Coalition Web sites –
MUFON: On its home page, there are cows under a UFO disk. Cows – really? There is nothing on abduction anywhere on the website to show they consider abductions are important. It also doesn’t help that the last International Director went on The Daily Show and made fun of his own organization.
CUFOS: They at least have an abduction link on the home page which leads to some articles. But under the brief overview section, a segment states:
“Although no one can prove that people are actually taken aboard UFOs, if you should find yourself in this predicament, try to remain calm. Observe and remember as much as you can; even ask questions. Try to grab something and bring it back with you as evidence of your experience. As in life, having faith, courage, a sense of humor, and using your intelligence will help you deal with the most unusual situations.”
This paragraph is analogous to asking a surgery patient to bring back something from the operating room. Good luck with that one. Anyone who has had an abduction experience knows how hopeless this is, and if they don’t know that, well…..
FUFOR: They have a link to Budd Hopkins’ Intruders Foundation on the home page, other than that – nothing.
So what is a person to do? Whom do they trust? None of these sites has anything substantive about abductions. I have tried to contact by email or personally talk to many different individuals within these organizations, only to be ignored or marginalized. I have heard jokes made at abductees’ expense, I have heard cruel and insensitive ridicule hurled at abductees. It cuts me like a hot knife when I hear these things. Especially from people I respect, who have done so much hard work and contributed so much to the field of ufology; people who have sacrificed so much of their own lives to the study of the field. Not everybody I hang out with in the UFO community knows I am an abductee. I know from experience it affects the way they treat you if they find out.
You become “one of those people.”
I have heard from several people that the Coalition had trouble getting abductees to participate in the Ambient Monitoring Project. So…why couldn’t the Coalition of MUFON, CUFOS, and FUFOR get alien abductees to jump happily on their Ambient Monitoring Project bandwagon? Hmmmm....does anyone in the room have any idea?
PICK ME! PICK ME! PICK ME!
It’s called trust, plain and simple. How about some basic human dignity? To be treated like an individual who has been through hell and doesn’t deserve to be joked about, ridiculed, ignored, and marginalized. Abductees go through a lot of testing scenarios in their lives already; it is not easy to willingly jump into another one when there is the fear of being treated like dirt. That is the last thing they need.
That all being said, if some abduction research project could be developed where sincerity, dignity, and compassion were shown for the subjects involved so abductees could trust the research project and the people involved in it, I believe abductees themselves would fund it. Considering all of the money I have paid out over the years due to this phenomenon, I would help fund the research if I felt confident about it. How much would I pay? How about 500 bucks, one thousand, two thousand, three thousand dollars? I would pay it. It is a drop in the bucket compared to what I have been through over the years. I can’t believe I would be the only one who would do this. For those people who chose the route of seeing an abduction researcher, they paid big bucks to see them – air fare, ground transportation, hotels, food, and I’m sure some paid compensation for the researcher’s time.
But determination is strong and if the right elements come together for a good alien abduction study which had the right components, I think abductees would pay for it. I know I would. Would you?