W h a t ' s l i f e i n a c u l t
Former member Sabrina tells 38 reasons why she will never join Scientology again.
Not allowed to see my mom but once a day when Iwas six. Was only permitted to see her at dinner forone hour.2.
My mom was made to work 12 hour days and wasonly paid $50.00 a week and given room and board.3.
I was made to live in a dorm at the age of six,separate from my mom or dad, with three othergirls my age.4.
I was made to believe from a very early age thatScientologist were the better than other people, andif you were not in it, you were not good enough.5.
I was told to only tell my grandparents good thingsabout myself when I visited, to not let on if I wasbehind in school, but just make them think I am agreat student.6.
Scientologists constantly refers to people outside of their "religion" as "Wogs". A derogatory term usedcommonly by members in it.7.
I was made to join staff when I was 14. I had tosign a billion year contract because of their beliefs inreincarnation.8.
I had to stop attending school when I was 14, to join staff. I could only attend school one day a week on Sunday for about 10 hours.9.
I was made to live in a two-room apartment withseven other women when I was 14. Overcrowding iscommonplace. I live like that for most of my sevenyears on staff.10.
I had 30 minute lunches, breakfasts and dinners. If I was late back to work I would get in trouble.11.
I was working 10 hour days, six days a week, fromthe age of 16. I was not getting paid overtime. Iwas only making $50.00 a week.12.
The only time I would have off, was every otherweek, if my production was good enough.Sometimes I would go a month without even oneday off.13.
When I joined, I would not see my mom for days ata time. She lived in a different dorm than I did, andhad a different eating schedule than me.14.
At the age of 15 I was made to stay up until 12 pmevery Thursday and Friday to attend Scientologymeetings and clean their facilities with all the otherstaff.15.
After Scientology events we were all assigned anumber of books or tapes we were suppose to sellto the public. We had to make our quotas before wewere allowed to go home. I started selling bookswhen I was 15. Sometimes we had to call from listswe were given to make our quotas. Most of theselists were to Scientologist who were out of the stateor out of the country.16.
The staff was not allowed to eat the nice food putout for public after events. It was only for thepublic, we would get in trouble if we were caughteating it.17.
The staff was not allowed to socialize with the publicafter events, only to sell books, we could not jointhem on the dance floor, or in the auditorium.18.
The Hacienda (apartment complex where the staff live) is set up so that staff can not just get up andleave when they want to. The Premises issurrounded by a large gate and bushes so thatpeople cannot see in easily. There are severalcameras around the complex to keep an eye on thestaff. There is a security guard at the front gate atall times to let people in and out. Staff may notleave without first explaining where they are goingand what they are doing to the security guard.19.
Sea Org staff are not allowed to own televisions,mine was confiscated when I was 14 or 15. Staff arenot allowed to watch TV ever. Movies are onlyallowed on the weekend if you get approval to havetime off. Movies are not allowed on weekdays.20.
Most staff do not have cars or cell phones because itcosts to much money to own them. If you have acar, you have to check with the security guard if youwant to leave, if he is suspicious he will not let youleave.21.
The only days staff are allowed to celebrate anddance together is the Christmas party and Beer andCheese party. Twice a year. Don't ask, neither of these celebrations make much sense.22.
I was forced to cut all ties with my dad when I was15. He was declared a Suppressive Person byScientology, and that meant I could no longer talk or associate myself with him at all.23.
My mom died of cancer when I was 16. She was stillon staff at the time, and she wrote in her will she