THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE RESPONDED TO THIS ARTICLE HERE, ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND IN PRIVATE MESSAGES AND EMAIL.
BUT TELLING ME IS NOT WHAT IS IMPORTANT. REPORTING IT TO THE AUTHORITIES IS.
LEAH AND I CANNOT REPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT YOU TOLD US SOMETHING. IT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY.
IF YOU EXPERIENCED OR WITNESSED SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE TO BE A CRIME, YOU MUST REPORT IT. EVEN IF THAT AGENCY DOES NOTHING, THERE WILL BE AN OFFICIAL REPORT ON FILE.
IF YOU THINK THE CRIME IS “TOO OLD” REPORT IT ANYWAY. LET THE LAW ENFORCEMENT/PROSECUTORS MAKE THAT DETERMINATION. UNLESS YOU ARE A LAWYER, YOU DON’T KNOW.
PLEASE, STEP UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING.
THE SCOPE OF THE ABUSE IS TERRIBLE, BUT IT REMAINS CRIME HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT IF NOBODY FILES THE PROPER REPORTS — AND THAT IS ABOVE ALL, WHAT SCIENTOLOGY WANTS MORE THAN ANYTHING: NOBODY REPORTING THEIR CRIMES.
Last Tuesday Tony Ortega wrote a disturbing piece highlighting yet another atrocious story involving the Freewinds and scientology’s attitude towards its children.
It somehow seems sadly appropriate to focus on this issue on Mother’s Day to remind us that many mothers have been split from their children by scientology and how powerful the control over minds this cult has to be able to break this bond. My mother disconnected from me and it was heartbreaking. I really believed that would never happen. I know many mothers who have had their children disconnect from them. It is achingly painful. It is wrong. It is scientology.
But as terrible as disconnection is, it pales in comparison to the abuse of children that stems from the same twisted belief system that pretends to be the champion of family values.
As Leah and I have attempted to explain, the latest story from the Freewinds is not new news.
Many have tried to bring scientology abusers to justice, but are met with a Goliath of an organization with enormous resources, but even more significantly, an ironclad belief system that makes it OK to lie to authorities when they believe doing so will benefit scientology.
This is a “church” that strikes fear not only into victims, but witnesses as well.
Scientology is well aware of decades of physical and sexual abuse against its members, including children, and it uses its power over people to keep those skeletons hidden in the closet. Concealing crimes is part and parcel of scientology scripture and conditioning.
Scientology is all based on the words of L. Ron Hubbard. His word is the word of God, it may not be altered, interpreted or discarded. This is the “scripture” of scientology and it is learned and taught under supervision. There are drills to learn the basics of scientology verbatim. You are constantly tested to make sure you are learning it exactly and not thinking for yourself.
There are mandatory books and courses that ALL are required to buy and do. There are no variations to Scientology teachings.
These teaching are called the “tech” or technology. It is unalterable policy of the organization. And there is policy that Hubbard’s policy cannot be changed by anyone other than Hubbard. He died in 1986 and despite his promises, he has NOT returned to re-assume his role as the leader of scientology. So nothing will be changing in the way scientology conducts itself. Ever.
Cult expert Steve Hassan opines that scientology is the worst cult because of the format in which the indoctrination takes place. Believers are required to sit and read Hubbard’s words or listen to his lectures each day, look up words to ensure “duplication and understanding”, pass tests and learn things verbatim — this is “self-brainwashing.”
Most importantly, there is very specific teaching in scientology to “contain flaps”, not to report situations to law enforcement and that protecting scientology — “man’s only road to spiritual freedom” is more important than anything, including the well-being of one or more children. There are plenty of children, there is only one hope for mankind…
It’s the scientology way
Scientology wants to be recognized just like “any other religion.” In covering up crimes, it is doing a good job of fitting in with a lot of other religious organizations, though even the Catholic church is now confronting reality.
Unlike the Catholic church now, scientology has never admitted to a single wrong-doing. Not one. Despite hundreds of accounts of child abuse.
Why? Because the command to keep this (and anything else that might bring bad PR) away from law enforcement and the media is laid out in Hubbard’s teachings.
First: It is a “High Crime” to report another scientologist to the authorities or bring them to court without permission of scientology.
Decide not to follow these rules and the penalties are severe. You will be declared a “Suppressive Person” and expelled. Your family and friends who are scientologists will be forced to disconnect from you. If your employer is a scientologist he or she will be required to fire you. Your life will end as you know it.
This is a list of a few of the things denominated as High Crimes in scientology (these are all published in an easily available book called Introduction to Scientology Ethics):
Delivering up the person of a Scientologist without justifiable defense or lawful protest to the demands of civil or criminal law.
Reporting or threatening to report Scientology or Scientologists to civil authorities in an effort to suppress Scientology or Scientologists from practicing or receiving standard Scientology.
Bringing civil suit against any Scientology organization or Scientologist, including the nonpayment of bills or failure to refund, without first calling the matter to the attention of the International Justice Chief and receiving a reply.
Writing anti-Scientology letters to the press or giving anti-Scientology or anti-Scientologist data to the press.
Continued membership in a divergent group.
Continued adherence to a person or group pronounced a suppressive person or group by HCO.
Failure to handle or disavow and disconnect from a person demonstrably guilty of suppressive acts.
Public statements against Scientology or Scientologists but not to Committees of Evidence duly convened.
Testifying hostilely before state or public inquiries into Scientology to suppress it.
Scientology convinces its followers that turning in any scientologist to “Wog Law”, or “wog solutions” would only make the person worse (“wog” is scientology terminology for non-scientologist or anything not scientology). The only hope for a child molester, rapist or pedophile is to be cured by scientology auditing (counseling). And certainly not to fall into the hands of the criminal justice system which is controlled by psychiatry and is thus bent on destroying people.Second: Even the terminology is different. The words sexual abuse, abuse, rape and pedophile are not taught or used in scientology, instead these perversions are all denominated as “abberations” which is defined by Hubbard as:
Abberation: a departure from rational thought or behavior. It means basically to err, to make mistakes, or more specifically to have fixed ideas which are not true.
The word is also used in its scientific sense. It means departure from a straight line. If a line should go from A to B, then if it is aberrated it would go from A to some other point, to some other point, to some other point, to some other point, to some other point, and finally arrive at B. Taken in this sense, it would also mean the lack of straightness or to see crookedly as, for example, a man sees a horse but thinks he sees an elephant.
Aberrated conduct would be wrong conduct, or conduct not supported by reason. When a person has engrams, “
Engrams are defined as:
An engram, as used in Dianetics and Scientology, is a detailed mental image or memory of a traumatic event from the past that occurred when an individual was partially or fully unconscious”.
Scientology teaches that one is abberated because he has engrams. Once those engrams are treated (erased — through auditing), the abberated become “normal.”
Changing the meaning and significance of words is part of the grooming in scientology.
Third: Scientology children are considered to be old thetans in young bodies. Fully capable of rational thought and reactions. They are also “raised” by scientology. Children in the Sea Org are rarely even see their parents. But even non-Sea Org scientologists will have their children “handled” by an auditor or sent in to their local org, often following a written report about their “out-ethics”.
Any child who progresses in scientology is subjected to “security checking” on a scientology e-meter. These are questions designed to uncover “sins”, including being asked about sexual matters. These sessions are recorded on video and written down and kept in a folder indefinitely.
Fourth: It is a considered a terrible crime against humanity to do anything that brings ill repute to scientology. Scientologists believe that ONLY scientology can save mankind. Hubbard explained in his seminal writing “Keeping Scientology Working”:
“We’re not playing some minor game in Scientology. It isn’t cute or something to do for lack of something better. The whole agonized future of this planet, every Man, Woman and Child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology.
“This is a deadly serious activity.”
Scientologists believe that the well being of scientology trumps all other factors and concerns, even the well-being of children (who, after all, are merely old thetans occupying young bodies). If the reputation of scientology were to be sullied to might prevent people from coming into scientology and being saved.
What is a Sec Check?
This could be a 20 page dissertation, but to keep it as short as possible, in scientology this is a “Security Check” so called because it was intended to ferret out spies and “plants” Hubbard was convinced were sent into the organization.
It is done using a scientology lie detector — an E-Meter.
Scientology HATES it when the E-Meter is described as a lie detector, but here it is in the words of L. Ron Hubbard:
Children (like adults) are subjected to sec checks. There is even a specific sec check designed for them as you can see here:
The person being sec checked is required to answer questions and if they have no answer, they will make up things in order to get out of the interrogation (again, scientology will protest this, but if you ask ANY former scientologist who has been sec checked they will tell you they HAVE invented things to try to get a sec check to end).
And there are other twists within the scientology “scripture” such that if something bad happens to you it is because you have done something bad to another.
So, for example, if a child says they were molested or raped they will be asked: “Do you have a similar overt (transgression) of your own?”
If the child was a girl and responded: “Well I don’t have a penis, how could I rape someone” the auditor would then remind her that she has lived many lives and perhaps was a man in other lives….
Then the auditor would steer the child to “take a look” and would say: “when I ask you the question again, just tell me what images come to mind.”
From there, the imagination takes over, and the result is often wild stories of raping or molesting another in another lifetime. This “proves” to the victim that they have done similar things and that is the only reason they are really upset about being raped or molested this lifetime.
The perpetrator of the crime is called in and “handled” with Scientology technology. The incidents are never reported to Law Enforcement.
Further, this made up and coerced story is in this child’s folder to use against them should they ever leave Scientology. Scientology uses this “evidence” to “prove” this person is guilty of the most alarming crimes (and of course Hubbard decreed that anyone critical of scientology invariably has heinous crimes so this makes complete sense to scientology).
To give you an idea of the sort of questions that are on a sec check, this is perhaps the most famous sec check in scientology. It is given to every scientologist on Grade II and sometimes more often than that. These are screen shots of the CURRENT official “Technical Volumes” of scientology. This is not “old” or “outdated” — this is current scientology practice.
Scientology defines the world on their terms
Leah describes an incident she experienced this way;
When I was young, I worked for a man and woman who were affluent members of the church of Scientology, John and Valerie Futris.
John and Valerie had a Scientology printing company called JFI on Fountain Ave. Before Scientology had their own printing presses, John and Valerie printed did all of Scientology’s promotional material.
Me and my friend Sherry Lewis worked at JFI, we were underage. But we believed we were old beings (thetans) in little bodies. We all believed that, none of us were going to school but rather did Scientology courses and worked for Scientologists like John and Valerie.
One day, Sherry and I were called into Valerie’s office, she was very upset, she was crying. She asked us if we knew about John’s “Out-2D” with our underage friend Amina Lowe.
2D is the “Second Dynamic.” In Scientology, the second dynamic refers to family, children, personal relationships and sex.
It can be used in a variety of ways, including: “She was my 2D” which means she was my girlfriend/ wife, or “Out-2D” means cheating on your partner, or committing “deviant” sexual acts.
Valerie went on to say that John Futris had sexual relations with our friend, who was a minor.
Valerie never used the words statutory rape or any such words. She just said he had gone “out 2-D” with a female, which translates into a man cheating on his wife.
It wasn’t until literally last year when I mentioned to Sherry that I missed John and Valerie that I realized he was in fact was a child molester. It still hadn’t dawned on me that I never changed the way I was conditioned to think about these sort of things that happened in Scientology.
This of course was never reported to the police.
Any Scientologist confessing to a crime in Scientology is just considered top have “gone Out 2D” and is “abberated.”
They are not labeled child molesters or rapists.
Victim blaming — an art in scientology
In scientology, the victim of sexual assault is labeled “a problem” and abberated, promiscuous and having gone “out 2D” rather than “this child or person was a victim of a crime.”A scientologist who reports an assault against them usually learns a lesson that this is an unwise choice. Many Sea Org members have been assigned to the RPF when they are the victim, the theory being that they must have done bad things to “pull it in” and need “rehabilitation” (which consists of hard labor, sleep deprivation and intensive interrogations).
Regular scientologists are usually ordered to undergo security checking at their expense to uncover what they did to be raped or abused. Once this has been established, they are sent to “Ethics Department” to work through “lower conditions” and “make up the damage to he group.”If the rapist or abuser is a big donor or scientology celebrity there is an immediate lockdown of information. The victim is placed under a “Non-Enturbulation Order” (as talking about a celebrity scientologist involved in a crime is definitely upsetting to the organization).
Should the victim violate the order and speak of the incident again, they are automatically declared a Suppressive Person and expelled from scientology with the consequences to family, friends and jobs described above. The Non-Enturbulation order is made public for other scientologists to see and they are required to write a report if the victim mentions the abuse.
It is a perilous position to be a victim of sexual abuse in scientology. Even more perilous if the abuser is a prominent name in scientology.
Thus, many victims do not tell their scientology friends and family what happened to them.
But there are people who DO know. The scientology auditors, chaplains and Ethics Officers.
All crimes told in sessions, sec checks or to an Ethics Officer in scientology are religiously noted down and preserved in folders and in many instances videotape recordings. This is an unbreakable rule in scientology. These files MUST be kept. And they form an exact record of guilt or innocence for law enforcement.
A terrible case of child molesting in Burbank
Tony Ortega, at his blog, covered this story “Scientology’s Day Care from Hell the Scandal the Church Managed to Keep Hidden Until Now”
Leah provided me with some more details based on information people have given to her directly. This is one first hand account:
I remember getting a phone call from Keli Daniels who’s son Zeut was also in Bridgette’s Day Care. She said “something terrible is going down at Bridgette’s. It sounds like there’s be some molestation with some of the girls.” My heart stopped.
There was that fearful feeling of ‘okay, something bad has happened involving a ‘fellow Scn.’ , but if I demand and get too loud about his, the Church will turn on me and it will be MY overts in question.”
I was told that Bridgette was being “handled” at the church based on the fact that her two sons (the oldest more so) had taken advantage of two of the older girls (more were being investigated) during baby sitting at their homes outside of the daycare.
One of the girls mother, told me that Bridgette was leaving the day care during the day to go have sex with her boyfriend when she claimed she was ‘going to Scientology course.’
Bridgette was leaving her three sons with all of the Scientology kids – at least 10-12 toddlers, babies and 5-7 year olds.
She told me that the boys had discovered porn on the internet and were watching it during the day when they were suppose to be watching the kids.
Then, they would get “stimulated” on this binging and began experimenting with the girls left in their care.
One of the moms and Bridgette were good friends and would go out for a girls night.
Same with the Pettyjohn’s where they would want to go on a date night. Bridgette’s boys were already established as “baby sitters” from the day care so they would hire them to go to either of their houses when the parents went out.
The mother told me that with her daughter the older kid started with making her take her shirt off, then tell his younger brother (10 or 12 at the time) to touch her nipples.
Then over time it escalated into having sex with the girl using their fingers.
It was the moms daughter that brought it up to her mother . The mother confronted Bridgette who defended the boys until finally she demanded they go to Scientology Ethics where they disclosed that yes, they had been doing inappropriate things.
One of the mothers began calling all the Scientology parents with girls and learned that her daughter had been assaulted.
She was a total wreck. Like any mother would be, she wanted justice. She was going to the Scientology organization daily crying, not able to sleep and they were telling her she needed to buy more Scientology counseling to get over it. She said all the church would finally do to help was to give here some free hours to help her get over her emotion of her daughter being molested.
But still, the mother spent over $20,000 in Scientology counseling over it.
The mother told me that she went to the Burbank Police Dept and asked what could the law do about it.
She was told a report needed to be filed by all parents with children affected.
The Church of Scientology intervened and after forcing Bridgette to shut down her daycare advised her legally concerning her own liability and that of both her sons. It was handled to keep it out of the court and public information system.
[As the perpetrators were juveniles, and only one parent (“Ellen” in Tony Ortega’s article above) was willing to press charges, the matter was kept secret in the juvenile justice system]
Scientology got public scientologist Michael Lewis to audit the perpetrators (keeping it entirely OFF org lines) and requested the judge allow the perpetrator to be handled with “religious counseling” rather than put into the usual juvenile system.
The judge agreed.
In fact, I was so distraught over the secrecy and still not knowing whether my daughter had been touched in any way, I finally broke Michael Lewis down – begging and forcing him to disclose what had come up in the boy’s interviews and whether my daughter was on the list.
It should come as no surprise that perpetrator did not show up for his counseling with Michael, which put him in the position of lying to the court that action had been taken and this kid was being rehabilitated.
Beyond this, another person involved with this cover up stated they were told by a church official: “All you can do is write it up for the girl’s folder and some day if it comes up in her auditing, it will be taken up. She’s responsible for her own condition.” So a child is sexually molested and a note should be “put in her folder” in the event she might recall being molested? And the girl was “responsible “ for being molested?
Angelo Pagan gave me some other insight from another scientology parent who had a child at Bridgette’s daycare. He explained it like this:
In late 2012 I was at Dr. Price’s Chiropractic offices in Hollywood [David Miscavige’s personal chiro] where Michael Wiseman and I rented office space for the purpose of promoting Dr. Price’s vitamins.
One afternoon Michael and I were at the office when a young guy walked past our office, Michael started to shake-almost uncontrollably, I asked Michael what was wrong and he proceeded to tell me the story of his oldest daughter (Delilah Wiseman) being physically molested by the young man who had just passed our office and that it had occurred at the Scientology daycare, Bridgette’s Day Care in Burbank. Michael said he felt helpless because he couldn’t do anything about it as instructed by Scientology Policy and instructions from Scientology church official Julian Swartz. My response was “Are you kidding me why are we not kicking his fucking ass”?
Michael tried to explain how the church wanted to “get him handled with scientology” and that part of the “handling” was that the molester was to work in the home of the victims to make “amends” and that he was apprehensive about that as it would expose his family to further danger. I am not sure if the molester actually spent time at the Wiseman household after the daycare incidents but I was so confused by the thought of that actually happening, that I simply could not wrap my brain around this madness.
Michael begged me not to say anything as he was terrified that my knowing this and talking about it would simply cause more problems for him in the church because prior times Michael had been in trouble with his church had at one time put Michael in the hospital with a heart condition; he wanted to avoid another similar incident.
Michael said he was hopeful that Julian Schwartz was going to straighten it all out with Scientology which was what Julian had told all the parents who whose children were molested.
It was the first time that I had heard of Julian Schwartz. As further evidence of Michael’s brainwashing, later when Leah and I were having issues with Julian Schwartz, Michael said “Give him a chance he’s a good guy”
The child molester was ultimately let off with a misdemeanor and probation. He eventually was allowed to quietly depart scientology without repercussions, free to live his life. Another “flap” kept under wraps by scientology. This child molester could be watching children today without anyone being the wiser.
The molesters Scientologist mother, Bridgette Gerholdt, remained in Scientology and ante’d up as a Patron of the IAS.
Everything worked out well for scientology, for Bridgette, the molester — everyone except the children who were molested and any other children who may today come in contact with this animal.
The guilt that those parents must feel to this day is hard to imagine. The one parent (“Ellen”) who was willing to press charges left scientology and her parents disconnected from her. They have no relationship with their granddaughter, who is now 18 years old.