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175300595 DeCrescenzo vs Church of Scientology Declaration of Laura DeCrescenzo Ocr

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Declaration of Laura DeCrescenzo, Scientology coerced abortion Lawsuit

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7
BLUMBERG
LAW
CORPORATION
JOHN
P.
BLUMBERG,
ESQ. (SBN
70200)
SINDEE
M.
SMOLOWITZ, ESQ. (SBN
123237)
444
W.
OCEAN
BLVD., SUITE
1500
LONG
BEACH,
CA
90802
TELEPHONE:
(562)
437-0403
TELECOPIER: (
562)
432-
0107
METZGER
LAW
GROUP
A PROFESSIONAL
LAW
CORPORATION
RAPHAEL
METZGER, ESQ. (SBN
116020)
KATHRYN
SALDANA,
ESQ. (SBN
251364)401
E.
OCEAN
BLVD., SUITE
800
LONG
BEACH,
CA
90802-4966
TELEPHONE:
(562)
437-4499
TELECOPIER:
(562)
436-1561
Attorneys
for
Plaintiff
LAURA
ANN
DECRESCENZO
FILED
LOSANGELES SUPERIORCOURT
OCT
09
2013
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COURT
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STATE
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FORTHE
COUNTY
OF LOS
ANGELES
-
CENTRAL
DISTRICT
LAURA
ANN
DeCRESCENZO,
aka
LAURA
A.
DIECKMAN,
Plaintiffs,
vs.
CHURCH
OF
SCIENTOLOGYINTERNATIONAL, a
corporate
entity,
AND
DOES
1 -
20,
Defendants.
CASE
NO.
BC411018
Assigned
to
the
Honorable
Ronald
M.
Sohigian,
Dept.
41
DECLARATION
OF
LAURA
ANN
DIECKMAN
(DECRESCENZO)
IN
SUPPORT
OF
·PLAINTIFF'S
OPPOSITION
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DEFENDANTS'
JOINT
MOTION
FOR
SUMMARY
JUDGMENT
ON
THE
GROUND
THAT THE
STATUTES
OF
LIMITATIONS
BAR
THE
ACTION
Date:
Time:
Dept:
October
23,
2013
8:30
a.m.
41
DECLARATION
OF
LAURA
ANN
DIECKMAN
(DECRESCENZO)
IN
SUPPORT
OF
PLAINTIFF'S
OPPOSITION
TO
DEFENDANTS'
JOINT
MOTION FOR
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DECLARATION
OF
LAURA
ANN
DIECKMAN (DECRESCENZO)
I,
Laura
Ann
Dieckman, declare as follows:
1.
My name is Laura
Ann
Dieckman, and I am over the age
of
18.
My married name wasLaura
Ann
DeCrescenzo.
2.
I am the plaintiff in this lawsuit.
3.
I have personal knowledge
of
he matters set forth hereinafter and,
if
called as a witness,I would competently testify thereto.
Purpose
of
Declaration
4.
In
this declaration, I set forth the things that I saw, heard, read, and observed the Church
of
Scientology (CSI) do that made me believe I could not file a lawsuit against the Church
of
Scientology, and that
ifl
did, I would be subjected to severe retribution. As detailed below, I was tooafraid to sue the Church
of
Scientology until mid-June/July
2008
when my parents told me for the firsttime that they were no longer Scientologists, that they believed I had been wronged by the Church
of
Scientology, and that they would
s1and
by me regardless
of
what the Church
of
Scientology did or said.
Background
in Scientology
5.
My parents were Scientologists when I was born and I was raised in the Church
of
Scientology.
6.
I went to Scientology schools for most
of
my young childhood and at age six or sevenI began volunteering at a Church
of
Scientology organization in Orange County.
7.
At age nine, I started working at a Church
of
Scientology organization in Albuquerque,New Mexico. During this time, I worked between
2-3
hours on weekdays and
5-8
hours on Saturdays.My tasks consisted
of
reception work, routing mail, and standing outside with a sign offering freepersonality tests. My initial
job
title was Director
of
Communications, and this eventually changed toExecutive Director Communicator.
1
DECLARATION
OF
LAURA
ANN
DIECKMAN
(DECRESCENZO)
IN
SUPPORT
OF
PLAINTIFF'S
OPPOSITION
TO
DEFENDANTS'
JOINT
MOTION
FOR
SUMMARY
JUDGMENT
ON
THE
GROUND
THAT
THE
STATUTES
OF
LIMITATIONS
BAR
THE
ACTION
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8.
When I was eleven years old, I was sent Los Angeles, California, with my parents'consent, to receive training from the Church
of
Scientology in its Technical Training Corps. TheTechnical Training Corps trains Scientologists how to become auditors (a term used for counselor inScientology) or to become executives in Scientology. During this time, I was still employed byScientology's Albuquerque organization, but I was working in Los Angeles. I worked from 8 a.m. to
10
p.m. each day, and worked at the Technical Training Corps for a number
of
months.
9.
When I was twelve, I was recruited to
join
the Church
of
Scientology's SeaOrganization (Sea Org). The Sea Org is an internal organization within Scientology that is responsiblefor overseeing the delivery
of
Scientology throughout the world. During the recruitment process, threeimportant promises were made to me: (1) I would be able to have kids when I was older; (2) I wouldbe able to go home every couple
of
months to see my parents; and (3) I would continue to go to school.
10.
At age twelve, with my parents' consent, I joined the Sea Org as a full-time employeeand moved away from my family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Los Angeles, California.
At
thattime, I had a seventh grade education, and I signed a billion year contract (meaning that I agreed towork for the SeaOrg for a billion years). As detailed below, I remained in the Sea Org for the nextthirteen years until I was twenty-five years old.
Communications with Family
11.
Upon joining the Sea Org, the Church
of
Scientology controlled my communicationswith my parents and family members. This control, described below, continued for the duration
of
mytime in the Sea Org.12. Before any incoming and outgoing mail was provided to me or sent to my familymembers, it was opened and approved by the Church
of
Scientology. I know this because all
of
my·incoming mail would arrive to me opened and because I was told by the Hubbard CommunicationsOffice (HCO) that I was required to leave any outgoing mail opened and provide it to the HCO forreview before it would be sent out. The HCO handles personnel, ethics, and communications for theSea Org.
II
2
DECLARATION
OF
LAURA
ANN
DIECKMAN
(DECRESCENZO)
IN
SUPPORT
OF
PLAINTIFF'S
OPPOSITION
TO
DEFENDANTS'
JOINT
MOTION FOR
SUMMARY
JUDGMENT
ON
THE
GROUND
THAT
THE
STATUTES
OF
LIMITATIONS
BAR
THE
ACTION
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