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Scientology will try to force Jane Doe in Miami child abuse case into ‘religious arbitration’

On April 20, Scientology will attempt to convince a Miami judge that a woman who says she was sexually molested while working as a child in its churches has no right to sue in court, but should be required to take her complaints to an internal “religious arbitration” panel made up exclusively of Church of Scientology members.

Twice before, Scientology has successfully convinced courts that its former members are obligated to take their grievances to religious arbitration: first, in the case of fraud claims raised by a California couple, and more recently in the case of Leah Remini’s assistant, Valerie Haney, who says she was held against her will while working in the Sea Org, and then was subjected to stalking and slander for coming forward with her story.

But can Scientology also convince a court that a woman with child molestation claims is merely another religious contract dispute?

Jane Doe filed her lawsuit on September 18 in Miami, even though the incidents alleged in the complaint took place on the other side of the Florida peninsula in Clearwater, and also in Venezuela. (Scientology has already filed motions objecting to the lawsuit being filed in Miami, which appears to have no connection to the case except that Scientology has an “Ideal Org” there.)


As a kindergarten student at the Scientology school Clearwater Academy International, Jane Doe says she was repeatedly abused by an employee that included…

…Multiple instances when the employee forced Jane Doe and other young girls to perform sexual acts on each other;
b. Multiple instances when the employee masturbated in the presence of Jane Doe and ejaculated on Jane Doe; and
c. At least once instance when the employee forced his penis into Jane Doe’s mouth.
61. Jane Doe reported this abuse to other employees of Clearwater Academy on multiple occasions and no action was taken to remove the employee from the school.

At 11, she was sent to a Scientology org in Venezuela without her parents and then she was sexually abused there when she was 12 by another employee, the son of a wealthy Scientology donor. When she complained, she says, she was punished rather than her attacker.

After returning to Clearwater, at 14 she joined Scientology’s Sea Org, and then was sexually abused by her female supervisor, she claims.

And it was because of Scientology’s underlying philosophies, the complaint alleges, which prohibited contacting civil authorities when such crimes come to light, and which focus blame on the victims, that prevented the institutions from protecting Jane Doe.

When she began to speak publicly about her experiences in 2018 after leaving the church, she says, she was then subjected to a Scientology “Fair Game” campaign of harassment.

But Scientology will argue, as it has in the other lawsuits, that because Jane Doe signed religious contracts with the church, she is obliged to take any dispute — even those that arose after she left the organization — to its internal religious arbitration, to be heard by a panel of three Scientologists in good standing.

That’s inherently unfair, but it didn’t seem to matter in Valerie Haney’s case. Will it matter in the lawsuit brought by Danny Masterson’s victims, when arbitration motions are heard on March 27? Or in Jane Doe’s case in Miami on April 20?

We still haven’t heard from Brian Kent, the lead attorney in the national legal team that filed these lawsuits. We had sent him a message asking how they might approach things after the decision in Haney’s lawsuit. We also sent a message to Ricardo Martinez-Cid, the Miami attorney in the legal team who submitted Jane Doe’s lawsuit. We’ll let you know if he gets back to us.



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“Evidently, it’s practically an affront not to be able to find out about something. Any time you want to go around wearing a bath towel with a Woolworth diamond on it and be a swami reading people’s minds, also take out a large insurance policy and get your burial arrangements straight. It’s probably why they hung Christ, if they did. That’s right. That’s right. If he was the Son of God, he should have been able to find out about all the orthodox malpractices. And he didn’t. And they hung him. They didn’t hung him. They crucified him. Common practice of the day. If he existed. It isn’t true that he led a good life, so they crucified him. You see, that wouldn’t be the right story. He should have found out about ’em and he didn’t, so you see they had to crucify him and that’s just about the way it would be. Now, if you go around telling everybody you can read their minds — I know this might get you lots of PCs for a little while — be sure at the same time that you go down to the Bide-a-Wee Cemetery and get yourself a nice quiet lot because probably you won’t have time a little while later. It’s very hard to buy a lot when you haven’t got a body to pull money out of the pockets of. But that’s about how it is, you see?” — L. Ron Hubbard, February 7, 1962


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Given the current athmosphere in the world against the family and the push for the sodomite agenda, it is not hard to predict that some people might discard or ban from LRH books any reference to homosexuality, including the descriptions of the 1.1 tone level in ‘Science of Survival’ as regards ‘sexuality’ and ‘procreation.’ My intention is to demonstrate how those quotes (the dangerousness of the 1.1 tone level as regards to sexuality and procreation) are more valid today than any time in human history.”


Random Howdy

“The 49ers sucked so bad I was forced to turn to punk rock and hard drugs for entertainment. It’s all John Brodie and Scientology’s fault.”


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Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Kelly Preston, Jason Dohring, and Anne Archer]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,841 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,345 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,865 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 885 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 776 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,083 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,951 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,725 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,499 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,845 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,411 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,330 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,498 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,079 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,340 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,378 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,091 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,616 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,143 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,706 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,846 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,166 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,021 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,141 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,496 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,799 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,905 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,307 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,179 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,762 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,257 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,511 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,620 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 7, 2020 at 07:00

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