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Why Scientology is a haven for sexual abusers — it’s the way L. Ron Hubbard designed it

After yesterday’s disturbing report about a convicted child molester being a featured performer at Scientology’s exclusive “Maiden Voyage” celebrations, we received this sobering report from former Sea Org member and Scientology “technology” expert Sunny Pereira. We think it pairs pretty well with what we learned in yesterday’s story.

I can tell stories from each of the decades that I was in Scientology about how sexual deviants were dealt with in the organization. In each decade — the 1970s to the 2000s — the stories would all be the same. And now stories similar to the ones I witnessed are coming out on Leah Remini’s television series.

Why is this such a persistent problem in Scientology? It goes back to its core ideas. L. Ron Hubbard was very specific that only he could be the one to tell the world anything about Scientology — this was made clear in an important Scientology policy letter, “Keeping Scientology Working.” And since his death, those ideas can’t be altered. Taken as a whole, Hubbard’s policies created a haven for sexual abusers.

— Children, Hubbard says, are adults in small bodies.


— Anyone can remember from their past lives anything they need to, because they have already lived all of it, including children.

— Although molesting a child (or raping an adult, which has come up more recently) is illegal, a Scientologist abuser is not turned over to authorities but instead is “handled” internally, with Scientology practices. Hubbard did not ever want authorities involved in anything related to Scientology, and for this reason, since Scientology thinks it has the answer for everything, it would “handle” these deviants itself.

— Although Scientology loves to keep records, in the case of sexual deviants the church does not like having anything written that could point back to it. For this reason, many sexual deviants were known about pretty much on a rumor line, and that was about it. Most of them when caught would get handlings (ethics handlings and auditing handlings). These deviants would not be allowed on services, but would still drift around and through Scientology and, often times, repeat the out-ethics behavior, again not being turned in to authorities. They get lost in the system with no record of what they had done. And they drift in and out of Scientology for years like this. I can say offhand, in the LA area, I ran across a couple of hundred of these types of situations. These people are not on the Bridge, not allowed on services, but not kicked out of Scientology either, because no one dares write down what this person had done (in the form of an issue that would make them no longer allowed in Scientology).

— Hubbard says that someone who cringes at sexual advances, even if they are a child, has an engram, or, in later Hubbard references, that the victim has done these bad things on their own track, in past lives. He points the finger at the victim. These are currently used Hubbard’s ideas on the subject.

Many instances go unreported, because the children in Scientology are led to believe that they have not been harmed. The children are also led to believe that they are just adults in small bodies, and that they are immortal. Many just go along with it. Some are threatened if they tell and become scared.

But what happens when they do tell? That person who reported it, that child, will be asked what they did to “pull it in.” That child will be put through ethics conditions and made to feel it was their fault. That child will remember that handling (or lack of) for the rest of their life. They know right then that they are not protected by anyone in Scientology, but instead made to feel like the criminal.

Most often the offender is also brought in for handlings. Those handlings can vary from person to person, but for the most part, the person is expected to do ethics handlings on it, as well as probably amends for the damage. The amends, however, is always directed towards Scientology, not towards the child affected. In a sense, Scientology gets the best end of this deal. In many cases, part of the ethics handling and conditions is just donating more money to Scientology. Often the offender is given sessions, most likely sec checking (confessionals to get off their overts and withholds). Often the auditor seeks to find the root cause of this behavior by directing the offender down past lives to find the root of the problem. Once that has been found, in the eyes of Scientology, this offender is no longer an offender. It is like they have a clean slate.

And you get these drifters in Scientology who cannot continue up the Bridge because they are sort of a threat, but nothing is really documented about it. And depending on the victim, and how deep in Scientology they are (is that victim likely to press charges or does Scientology have its thumb on the family of that victim to prevent it?). After years and years, the offender’s sins drop off the rumor line and “arbitraries cancelled” lets this person right on up the Bridge again.

Much of this covers how Scientology deals with any public Scientologist in this situation, but in the Sea Org, it was handled slightly differently. Each instance was dealt with separately, and the most common handlings were: a) Removing the offender out of the area (out of state or out of country) to prevent any possible charges. b) sending the offender to the Rehabilitation Project Force, which essentially hides the offender until things cool off. They were not allowed to return to the Sea Org, but they were also not allowed off the RPF for years, until things cooled down. Then they were booted out of the Sea Org with no written information about why they were there in the first place. Then they blend in with the other Scientology drifters who cannot move up the Bridge until the “rumors” subside.

So why am I so concerned about this? Because it is rampant in Scientology, and it will continue to be so as long as Scientology exists.

I worry that Sea Org members will once again be allowed to have children and stay in the Sea Org, with those children being raised in the ranks. It’s the worst-case scenario that I hope never happens. The lack of proper childcare resources makes these children perfect targets to deviants. Having kids in the Sea Org is covered in Hubbard Flag Orders that this is how it is supposed to be. It’s not like that now, but it will, rest assured, someday, be back. Because Hubbard said it should be so. I dread that day.

But Scientology is set up to be a molesting factory, by Hubbard’s own documents. Like it or not, believe it or not, after decades of experiencing it myself, I can say for sure, this subject must be kept in the light. It is a dangerous side of Scientology and caused by negligent and irresponsible comments and bulletins by Hubbard.

— Sunny Pereira


Chris Shelton talks to Marc Headley

Says Chris: “This week I was able to do an extended interview with former Sea Org member Marc Headley, someone everybody at the Bunker will recognize. We discuss some of what he covered in his book, but we get into a lot more detail about life at the International Base under David Miscavige, and we talk about Tom Cruise and what his relationship with Miscavige is really like. I think you’ll really enjoy watching this one.”





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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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