Contactee, experiencer, and participant are all
terms describing an abductee. However, abductee is the term most
recognized by the public. As abductees learn more about their
abduction experiences, many prefer to be called contactees,
experiencers, or participants.
This shift in terminology often reflects the
abductees' change in attitude from fear to acceptance. They
accept it because they feel they cannot change the phenomena.
They are a product of it and will live with its effects. Or, they
may feel compelled to learn more about their abduction experience
by meeting with other abductees and working with researchers.