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1 Children are mature "thetans" 2 Left unsupervised 3 Dormitories and communal living 4 Not much sympathy and nurturing 5 Industrial strength child-care 6 Medical treatment 7 Two weeks sauna 8 "Hard Sell": Recruitment into the Sea-Org 9 Unlawfully overworked 10 Penal discipline: The "Rehabilitation Project Force" 11 Schooling is minimal 12 Sexual abuse 13 "Thetans" don't have families 14 Aftermath: Physical and emotional trauma 15 References
Children are mature "thetans"
There was also no such thing as unconditional love. After all, we weren't kids who needed love and acceptance. We were just thetans in small bodies... Source: "Oshana". Oshana’s Scientology Story, Growing Up In The Truman Show (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. 2008. 
Scientologists believe children are ageless ‘souls’ in small bodies. What religions call the ‘soul’ and philosophy terms ‘consciousness’ - is called a ‘thetan’ in Scientology. Since ‘thetans’ are forever mature, a child ‘thetan’ requires no special nurturing. How child ‘thetans’ are cared for in Scientology is best understood in light of two fundamental 'church' beliefs: 1.) Reincarnation Every ‘thetan’ has lived multiple (even hundreds) of lifetimes and comes into the world with every past experience and past educational attainment imprinted in consciousness. A 'thetan' learns to 'know what it already knows' as Scientology training unlocks this consciousness. For this reason, a child has no developmental needs, in the conventional sense.
2.) Cartesianism A ‘thetan’ operates the human organism the way ‘a bus-driver operates a bus’. The human body is a machine. A ‘thetan’ ‘drives around’ in a human body until that vehicle wears out. A ‘thetan’ can ‘pick up a new body’ as easily as trading in an old car. These beliefs have a profound effect on how children are treated in Scientology. A child is expected to act as an adult, and work as an adult, because a ‘thetan’ has been an adult in prior lifetimes. A child’s deficiency is simply the temporary physical limitation imposed by a smaller body. According to Ex-Scientology Kid - Karen Wolf:
Children are considered to be exactly the same as adults, just reincarnated into a body that hasn’t grown up yet. It would be an insult to treat them otherwise. Source: Karen Wolf. Growing Up Inside and Escaping Scientology (Blog). September 20, 2008. 
As "Anonmom" describes:
According to L Ron Hubbard, children aren’t really children. Everyone is a thetan (spirit) living in a body. We all have many, many past lives. So children are just thetans which are very old beings currently living in young bodies. Therefore, there is no reason to treat children different than adults, even where punishment is concerned... Source: "Anonmom". Anonmom’s Scientology Story, Ex-Scientology Kids. 2008. 
Additionally, since a "thetan" is a mature "able-being", a child has the same responsibility to work and "pay it’s way" as an adult. Scientology teaches that every human interchange requires fair compensation. Failure to compensate for something received is called "out-exchange" and children are not exempt. A child must contribute the equivalent work of an adult to ‘pay’ for food, clothing, or shelter. One "Ex-Scientology-Kid" (ESK) described her parents’ Scientology beliefs:
Both my parents had another typical scientology belief, that children need to contribute to the family equally as much as adults. So, even as a young child I was viewed as needing to perform proper exchange to the family group. Just because I was a kid was no excuse not to pull my own weight in the family.
Mom especially believed kids were just thetans in small bodies, "able beings" who should not be allowed to go out exchange and therefore out ethics...
Source: "dolphinlover". Never again, sex for alchohol, lesbianism, kitten torture, etc (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. October 3, 2008. 
Another Ex-Scientology Kid relates:
...[Mom] had white glove standards, and we spent a lot of time cleaning. She was a typical Scientologist parent in that she viewed us as "out exchange" by nature of being her children. She clothed and fed us, so we owed her. Source: "Doublevee". The Story of My Life As a Scilon (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. April 11, 2008. 
Scientology’s conviction that children are mature souls devalues physical and psychological nurturing. 'Thetans' don't require nurturing. They are also capable of taking care of themselves. As a result, parental supervision is not a high priority in Scientology.
One of my first memories was being picked up by the police as I was walking to the Church nursery by myself in a city that was known as the murder capital of the United States. I must have been about 4 years old. I was waiting for a light to turn green when a man took hold of my arm and flagged down a police car. He couldn’t believe I was by myself and wanted to make sure I was okay. The police drove me to the nursery (following my directions) and made sure I arrived safely. Source: "Choice". Choice’s Scientology Story, Ex-Scientology Kids. 2008. 
I remember one time my brother got bored and disappeared. The police brought him back in to the org. He had gone outside onto a four lane street and was walking on the yellow line. He was four or five at that time. Another time he was found walking down the street by a friend about 1/2 mile from the org. The friend asked him where he was going, and he said he was walking to his grandparents house (500 miles away). He brought him back to the org. Source: Bea Kiddo. Bea’s Scientology Story (part 1), Ex-Scientology-Kids. 2008. 
Dormitories and communal living
Children live in dormitories or nurseries separate from parents employed on Scientology staff or in the cult’s Sea Organization. "Family time" is set at 1 hour per day, when children share a meal with parents, typically in a crowded cafeteria "Dolphinlover" describes her living arrangements at age 6 ½:
...after my Dad/Father died my Mother joined the sea org. My infant sister was a few months old and I was 6 ½...Suddenly we were thrust into the Child Cadet Org...
..."Family Time" was scheduled as one hour a day at dinner time for my Mom to come over and visit us!! But only if my Mom’s stats were up and her org stats were up...My mother came to see us, but it was inconsistent. I never knew if she was coming or not.
I remember living in the children’s berthing...My baby sister was in a crowded nursery in a small crib, and I was in a dorm like room with about 5 other girls around my age. I was 6 1/2 years old. I was not allowed to see my baby sister, however I would sneak up to the nursery room and visit her sometimes.
My Mom lived in a building across town for Sea Org staff members...None of my other family members were scientologists, so I had no contact with any of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. ...during this time.
I cried a lot, missing my Mom, missing my grandparents, and my Dad...Mostly I cried when nobody could see me. Source: "dolphinlover". Never again, sex for alchohol, lesbianism, kitten torture, etc (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. October 3, 2008. 
Transitioning to a communal lifestyle in a Scientology dormitory can be distressing for a young child. The little bit of ‘home life’ and ‘personal space’ they once enjoyed may be shattered when their parents get caught up in Scientology’s zeal to "clear the planet". "Ex-cadet" recalls her experience at age 9:
...they showed me my new room. 2 bunk beds, equal four beds and only one dresser for each of us and a closet to share. I had to throw away the majority of my toys because there wasn’t much space to put them and there were rules like you could only have two teddy bears and things like that. Source: "ex-cadet". My Story (part 1) from WOG->Sci->Flag (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. June 1, 2009. 
Not much sympathy and nurturing
Sympathy for children is often in short supply since Scientology considers human emotion a spiritual weakness. Many Ex-Scientology-Kids suggest that the lack of nurturing hindered their emotional development. According to "rose129":
...Scientologists believe that sympathy is low on the tone scale. Because of this, I never received any sympathy growing up, and was taught that sympathy was a very bad thing to feel for someone else. Now, as an adult I have a very hard time feeling sympathetic for others. I dread any situation where an expression of sympathy is required because the concept is alien to me. I am slightly disgusted when others show sympathy toward me. Source: "rose129". My Scn Story (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. April 24, 2009. 
Work assignments at distant locations keep parents separated from their children for long periods. Scientology staff and Sea Organization members are expected to take up new duties, anywhere in the world, at a moments’ notice. In that regard, communal child-care serves the church, but possibly not the children who have no idea when their parents may return. Children are not part of a family unit, they are part of Scientology’s production machinery. The overall scene is well depicted by Stephen Fishman:
...with their parents "fired up" on missions throughout the planet, these youngsters were the stats of the "nannies", who typically Uphold and Forward the Command Intention of L. Ron Hubbard rather than the love, patience and understanding of Mary Poppins, and in practice aren't very "reasonable" toward the children. Source: Steven Fishman. Lonesome Squirrel, Steven Fishman. July 1, 1996. 
Industrial strength child-care
Like a modern factory, Scientology organizations manage every activity by production statistics. These industrial efficiency tools may be useful in Scientology’s accounting and production departments, but are not what most people consider appropriate to child rearing. Raising children in a ‘production environment’, Scientology relies on the older children to help untrained nannies to keep up with the work flow.
They were making the baby formula for the babies. There was bottles and bottles of Karo syrup. And they had a huge tank of barley that they were boiling and it had some sort of net in it. I think they sifted it somehow, then added the syrup to the water, then let it cool.
Anyone able to stand on two feet and follow simple instructions were allowed to feed the babies. Yep. That would be me. We would all help feed the babies.
So they cooled off the bottles and we all helped feed them. They were in the back wing of the building from the "big kids" like me and my brother. Source: Bea Kiddo. Poopy Diapers (Forum post), Operation Clambake Message Board. July 10, 2008. 
Scientology ‘nannies’ are typically responsible for far too many children. Abusive practices arise as the result of frustration and inexperience:
So they took all of the children into the basement and told us that this one nanny had gotten in trouble for touching one of the children. They wanted anyone else who had information to come forward too. Of course, everyone was so scared and we all just sat there. So the girl got mad at us and locked all of us in the basement for hours. She said we could come out when we became honest. I think we were stuck there until our parents came to pick us up. There were about 100 children locked up in this area of the basement that was 20 feet by 40 feet. No adult supervision at all. Source: Bea Kiddo. Poopy Diapers (Forum post), Operation Clambake Message Board. July 10, 2008. 
Facilities for children are inadequate and unpleasant. Like most Scientology staff, ‘nannies’ are severely overworked.
...First you have to walk through a playground, surrounded by a huge cyclone fence, to get inside. The ground was all cement and there were no toys to be seen. Inside the place was smelly and as bare as a prison. All the children were asleep on the hard floor in a large room under very bright lights. Some kids had little cots, but most slept just on a little blanket. No pillows, no carpet, just a blanket.
I told the nanny the name of the little boy I came to pick up and she had a hard time telling which kid was which. I wondered why she didn’t seem to know the kids that she was supposed to be watching. She finally found the boy I came for who said that was his name and I took him to his mom. I just couldn’t believe that those children were sleeping on the floor as every building I saw in the SO was infested with cockroaches. Maybe that is why the lights were blaring. Source: "Anonmom". Anonmom’s Scientology Story, Ex-Scientology-Kids. 2008. 
Children receive little medical attention and have to ‘tough out’ illness. Scientologists believe disease is negative energy "pulled-in" by a thetan. Since children are thetans illness is something they bring upon themselves. Illness is not the result of germs or viruses, so medicine is inefficacious. Scientology spiritual "technology" is the only real cure for disease, so there’s not much to be done for children. As a result, Scientology parents and caregivers often neglect the earaches and fevers so common with children.
In Scientology, medical care is looked down on. It is not forbidden, but most Scientologists don’t consider it truly necessary and avoid it. Doctors are viewed with suspicion. The medical establishment is seen as the enemy, a corrupt faction whose only goal is to make money and get everyone in the world on drugs. Growing up, I was rarely ever taken to a doctor, even for things like broken bones or fevers of 105 degrees that lasted 8 hours or longer. If you are ill, the church believes that it is due to a spiritual problem, anyway, not something physical like a germ. I was constantly sick. Most of the kids and teens I knew in Scientology were also sick all the time, but we were ignored or, once old enough to work for the church, we learned to hide it. There is a stigma attached to being sick, and you are expected to shake it off and keep working anyway. Source: Karen Wolf. Growing Up Inside and Escaping Scientology (Blog). September 20, 2008. 
When I was 9 or 10 I got very sick. I had a fever of 105 and was hallucinating. My parents left me home alone all day because they had to be on post at the org. I was given no medicine, just some herbal tinctures and vitamins prescribed by the MLO [Scientology Medical Liason Officer] (who had no medical training other than LRH’s highly questionable medical theories). I pulled through after about three weeks luckily. Source: "rose129". My Scn Story (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. April 24, 2009. 
I had accidents like falling on an iron nail and poking a hole on my knee with it. Their solution to it was to put a bandage on it and saying the swelling would just go down after a while if I got a simple assist. I also got sick to my stomach cause I wasn’t used to the horrible food they serve there. We SO members weren’t allowed to use medication whatsoever so they just...sent me to bed. Source: "ex-cadet". My Story (part 1) from WOG->Sci->Flag (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. June 1, 2009. 
Two weeks sauna
As mature thetans, children also partake in the same rigorous training protocols as adult Scientologists. Two weeks (or more) of repetitive stints in a scalding sauna, while taking large doses of vitamins (particularly Niacin) is one of Scientology’s first training routines. Scientology calls this the "Purification Run-down" and it has caused severe medical distress even for adults. Medical authorities have warned that the program can cause liver and kidney damage. Nonetheless, even preschoolers take part in "the purif". "Rose129" was first put on the "purif" at age 5:
When I was 5 I did my first Purif...there was no reason that a five year old who had never had so much as a baby Tylenol would need a Purif. It was hell, I felt exhausted and sick the whole time I was on it. Source: "rose129". My Scn Story (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. April 24, 2009. 
"Doublevee" did the 'purif' and other Scientology training at ages 7 through 9:
I went on and off the purif over the next 2 years. I kept quitting because I hated it. I ended up on really high doses of niacin, more than most of the grownups...I was only about 9 at the time. Source: "Doublevee". The Story of My Life As a Scilon (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. April 11, 2008. 
"Ex-cadet" did the "purif" at age 8:
When I was 8 my mom wrote me down for the purif ...(U purify your body thoroughly by having long time sauna sessions, taking vitamins, doing exercise and things like that). My grandma was against it...she was the only one intelligent enough to see that there was something fishy about all of it. I didn’t listen, I wanted to do it. Everyone was proud of me ... Source: "ex-cadet". My Story (part 1) from WOG->Sci->Flag (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. June 1, 2009. 
"Hard Sell": Recruitment into the Sea-Org
See also: Aaron Saxton's videos, Scientology's Sea Org recruits minors Like kids everywhere, children in Scientology want to emulate and be praised by their parents. The ‘church’ takes advantage of this enthusiasm to recruit children into Scientology’s paramilitary ‘Sea Organization.’ Scientology depicts the Sea Organization as a dashing, elite corps, with a special ‘mission’ - making it especially attractive to youngsters.
I wanted to go to the [Sea Org]. I wanted to continue on my journey and be one of those cool white shirted people that seemed so strong and powerful and did their drills so perfectly. Source: "ex-cadet". My Story (part 1) from WOG->Sci->Flag (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. June 1, 2009. 
Sea-Org recruiters use ‘hard-sell’ tactics to get youngsters to sign "billion year contracts" even though few even understand what a contract means. The recruiters usually approach and solicit these children without the permission or knowledge of their parents. These recruitment tactics are often described as lying and abusive:
All I can say, those Sea Org recruiters are ABUSIVE. It's just horrible how they'll take you into their office and talk to you for HOURS trying to convince you to join the Sea Org. And all those guilt trips they lay down on you, "What are you going to do to take responsibility for mankind? There are babies that are being given Prozac in their bottles! This planet is going to be destroyed in thirty years if we don't hurry up!" Source: "RLsteve". Abusive Sea Org Recruiting (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. March 2, 2008. 
...a staff member came to my house un-announced. It's funny how they try to creep up on you & surprise you. Sort of like entrapment. Well he stayed at my house for almost 5 hours. He was trying to delve into my mind & find anything he could to upset me. Something that would make me sad, or feel guilty. It took him about 5 hours but finally he found something. I started crying, and he knew he found my weak point. He said how me joining staff would solve my problem, and make me feel better etc. So I fell for it & I joined...It's pathetic that scientology uses this type of mind f*****g to get people to join staff. Source: "rollette". Finding Your Ruin...(how I joined staff) (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. May 12, 2008. 
I would say that about 75% of the kids that I personally saw get recruited cried, screamed, or freaked out half way through the recruitment process. Every single one of them who ended up crying during recruitment joined.
I remember there was one recruiter around PAC base who got it in his head that my friend - we'll call her M - was interested in joining. M did not want to join at all when the whole thing started, and she was only 15 at the time.
The recruiter followed her around harassing her for 5 days straight...She joined. I have no idea where she is now. Source: "Tru2Form". Abusive Sea Org Recruiting (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. March 2, 2008. 
Sea-Org recruitment tactics are so unfair, that one regretful (former) Scientology recruiter posted a public apology to the ‘Ex-Scientology-Kids’ message board:
I want to apologize, as I was a sea org recruiter for many years. Almost all of you knew me, and I tried to be as nice as possible. But I was very persistent. I'm sorry for any upset I caused anyone. Source: "jnice". I’m Sorry (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. July 8, 2008. 
The Sea Organization performs many functions in Scientology, but for the most part it supplies a flexible labor force to the church. Unfortunately, Sea-Org recruits, attracted by the image of handsome uniforms with gold braid, usually wind up serving in clerical, janitorial, construction and maintenance functions in Scientology’s ‘Estates Project Force’. Youngsters who join the Sea Organization usually find it’s not the exciting and romantic experience they expected. Instead they embark on the heavy stage of Scientology indoctrination. Many describe the long hours of repetitive drill, manual labor and verbal abuse as ‘mind control’, likened to the kind of discipline associated with the military.
...the first time I stepped foot on the actual EPF [Estates Project Force], I knew how wrong it was to have dreamed of being on it...
When u are an EPFer u are sort of a soldier/marine/slave. They say that the EPF is like the beginning, like the base of a building...In the EPF u are supposed to prove how much pressure u are willing to take. It’s like an introduction to all the slavery and screaming and cruelty u see later on...it was more of the stage were u are a total nobody to anyone. U are reported just [for] forgetting to call an SO member sir...Plus there’s the million stupid rules u have: no sugar whatsoever...no music...No free time EVER (not on your birthday, not even if u were so out of clothes that anyone who was an outsider would’ve thought u were a bum) actually if u wanted to buy any personal thing u had to use ur only half -an-hour meal break and once I was actually reported by an SO member that found me in a store 2 minutes after the brake cause I was supposed to be with my group. And also no reading unless it was a tech book. So like I said, we were sort of like gray shirted soldiers. Source: "ex-cadet". My Story (part 2) My Times In the EPF (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. June 11, 2009. 
Children work long hours at demanding tasks in the Sea Organization. In public interviews, Scientology officials misrepresent this work as "chores" of the kind that any youngster might do at home or in school. The reality is much different. "Ex-Cadet" describes:
As far as work, it went from cleaning the whole 10 floors of the FH [Fort Harrison Hotel], preparing events in the least time possible and that meant carrying huge machines, rushing up and down the stairs, work till very late into the night and sometimes miss the bus and having to wait till it was like 12 or 1 AM to be able to go home. Sometimes we worked with the guys that build the scenery for events.
There was this time were the Tampa org was about to get finished. They would send huge groups of EPFers [Estates Project Force workers] over there...They only had a sandwich to eat mostly and would spend up to even 5 days with no sleep working on the building.
Other normal jobs for EPFers was lifting up huge boxes and bags and things that weighted as much as we did but they didn’t really care. Source: "ex-cadet". My Story (part 2) My Times In the EPF (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. June 11, 2009. 
Youngsters assigned to the "Commodore’s Messengers Organization" take care of laundry and other chores for Scientology executives. "Commodore" refers to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard who created the "Messengers Organization" as his personal staff.
My EPF days consisted of studying, scrubbing the collars on white uniform shirts with toothbrushes, ironing, cleaning, and serving food to the CMO [Commodore’s Messenger Organization] staff during mealtimes. Source: "Choice". Choice’s Scientology Story, Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. 2008. 
Naturally, a primary job of Sea-Org youngsters is to take care of younger children:
When I first joined the sea org, since my sister and I (twins) were minors we had to live at the Cadet org(childcare literally). All the children worked and cleaned and even washed the dishes. There were almost 200 kids. Being 15 we were asigned to take care of 8 preschoolers 16 hrs a day for a dollar a week. We had to teach them how to count, the alphabet, colors all the things preschoolers have to learn. Source: "Bug" (Former Sea Org), quoted in: "Snow White". Life In The Sea Org (Forum post), Operation Clambake Message Board. January 18, 2008. 
Penal discipline: The "Rehabilitation Project Force"
Very heavy labor is a disciplinary action in Scientology. Kids (being kids) sometimes break rules. Refractory youngsters in the Sea-Org are assigned to Scientology’s "Rehabilitation Project Force". The "RPF" is a penal labor camp isolated from the rest of Scientology. Sea-Org members of any age may be punished on the "RPF".
I got to clean rats alley every day. That is a place under the galley in the PAC building (the big blue one on Sunset/Fountain, etc in Hollywood). It is about 5 feet high, so you have to bend over to walk through it. It is huge. At that time, it was flooded with who knows what nastiness and so me and a couple others were down there cleaning/killing roaches. The walls were just covered in roaches. I finally figured out I could spray them with a hose with bleach pouring onto the spray and I would not have to get too close to them.
We also had to pound the solid concrete floor inside where the current CLO is (behind AOLA) for hours. That was where the old hospital used to do testing on animals and they put them on these concrete blocks in cages so they could turn on a shower to clean them all. That was so tiring.
And we had to dig out all the dirt for the parking lot across from the HGB to build the transformer building. I almost permanently damaged my back doing that. I was shovelling dirt all day long and the next day I could barely breath. My in charge checked out my back and told me it was all purple and swollen on one side. So I went to a Scn doctor and they told me that I ripped all the muscles in my back and dislocated two ribs! (I was 16 I think). I wonder if I had gone to a WOG doctor, what would they have thought of all that? Source: Bea Kiddo. Bea’s Scientology Story (part 1), Ex-Scientology-Kids. 2008. 
Manual labor and enforced physical exercise (mostly running) are common punishments in Scientology, for all ages. Not surprisingly, youngsters endure this better than adults. Some even suggest that ‘at the time’ the experience was, ‘fun’. And while most ex-Sea-Org-kids agree their time would have been better spent in school, some (like Bea) claim the construction projects and manual labor was instructive.
And so, we were doing lots and lots of building - mainly CCI. I helped on all the floors except the 7th and basement...I even got really good at renovations. Source: Bea Kiddo. Bea’s Scientology Story (part 1), Ex-Scientology-Kids. 2008. 
Schooling is minimal
Schooling for children varies with the affluence of the Scientology parent, but is generally haphazard. ‘Thetans’ don’t require schooling beyond Scientology doctrine, so subject matter is usually restricted to the writings and methods of L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology teachers are typically not certified by the state and the schools not accredited. For Sea-Org members, work takes priority over schooling. Educational instruction is sacrificed to projects and fitted around work assignments, to the point that it becomes largely meaningless. Many ‘ESKs’ claim that the bulk of their education came from personal reading, consisting mostly of Hubbard’s books).
Schooling was almost non-existent during my time at Flag. They had their own "school", where we "studied" for a couple of hours a day and then went to work. I consider 7th grade to be the last formal schooling I received as a minor. Source: "Choice". Choice’s Scientology Story, Ex-Scientology Kids. 2008. 
I was born into a Scientologist family. I can remember from a very young age having trouble reading and comprehending very basic phonics. But learning disabilities don't exist in the eyes of Scientologists...I cannot remember one instance where my problem was dealt with. I was enrolled in a Scientology based school out west from the start. The school was founded by a revered Scientologist in my city and my parents both knew her. As I grew up, I wasn't too aware of my lack of reading ability because it didn't seem I had a set curriculum…
I can recall being made to feel like I was better than "wog" (non-Scientologist) kids who went to public school, because they were being fed a bunch of false data, being forced by the psychs to take pills and not having the knowledge of study tech, so in turn their education was worthless. When in reality my wog friends would talk about subjects and ideas I had never even heard, while we were all in the same grade.
I honestly feel like proper schooling was robbed from me because of the school I went to. I had asked several times as a kid to be sent to public school, but Scientologist adults around me filled my head with rhetoric and lies... Source: Angie. Angie’s Scientology Story, Ex-Scientology Kids. 2008. 
Tragically, the worst possible abuses befall children whose Scientology parents neglect them in the belief that as thetans they "pull in" whatever evil may occur. Sexual assault and physical abuse are far too prevalent.
One evening...I asked to be taken to the movie (I was still about 13 years old). My parent saw a [fellow Scientologist] standing nearby, pointed at him and told me to ask him to take me. The man heard the exchange...He offered to take me to the movie and of course, I had to pay for my ticket. After that, he would not leave me alone. He followed me home. I would come home from the org some nights and he would be sitting in my room. He pretty much stalked me. Then one night when my siblings and parent were not at the house, he raped me.
I was still a virgin at the time and did not know what was happening. All I know is that it hurt and I cried. When he was done, he slapped me and called me a whore. Source: Melissa Miller. Melissa Miller’s Scientology Story, Ex-Scientology Kids. 2008. 
Jennifer, a 16 year old staff member, was repeatedly raped by her Scientology supervisor, Gabriel Williams. Convicted of sexual battery and sodomy, Williams is a registered sex offender in the state of California.
I asked Jennifer if I could see her arm, and then saw a mark on her arm, she told me she also had a mark on her leg. Jennifer said, "No one will believe me, and Gabriel will kill me and my whole family."
I spent the rest of that night trying to comfort Jennifer. I asked whether Gabriel did this, she said "yes". She finally admitted that Gabriel had raped her. It was clear to me that Gabriel had threatened Jennifer’s life and had raped her and choked her. Source: Tommy Gorman. Ex-Scientologist Tommy Gorman's Story, Lermanet. 
In Florida, Scientologist Tony Strawn was convicted of sexual battery:
A Scientologist by the name of Donald Anthony Strawn, also known as Tony Strawn, was convicted in 1995 to thirty years in prison for sexually molesting two girls, ages 11 and 13. The children were in his custodial care at the time.
The reason that these documents are included in this Web site is because the Church of Scientology directed that the mother not report the incident to the proper authorities, because the church could "handle" Strawn's "aberration". This act is a federal crime in the United States of America.
These documents come from the filings in case CRC94-12575CFANO, and the originals are in the Felony Records Department of the Pinellas County Criminal Court. Because of the victims' ages, their full names have been stricken from these copies of the documents, as has the name of the mother. Source: Jeff Lee. Florida v. Strawn: Excerpts from deposition, Jeff Lee. 
In 2009, Scientologist Ben Kasle was charged molesting a 13 year old girl:
A man was arrested today accused of having sex with a teenager at the Church of Scientology in Downtown Cincinnati.
Twenty-one-year-old Ben Kasle is charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition.
Investigators say he had sex with the girl who is now 14-years-old.
Police records indicate the alleged offenses happened at the church on Fourth Street between October 2007 and September 2008.
An attorney representing the church says the church is aware of the investigation and is cooperating with police, however, the church has no comment since the investigation is ongoing.
He is due in court on May 6th. Source: "Queen". Another Scientologist Arrested For Sexual Abuse, Glossip. April 24, 2009. 
"Thetans" don't have families
The unorthodox treatment and abuse of children in Scientology results from many factors. Nonetheless, there's little doubt the mistreatment is undergirded by Scientology's fundamental belief that children are mature ‘thetans’ packaged in a small body. There are no ‘families’ among ‘thetans’. ‘Thetans’ are god-like individuals with dominion over ‘matter, energy, space, and time’. Children are ageless ‘thetans’ who ‘choose’ their parents in order to ‘pick up a body’ in which to be reborn. Parents serve only a biological function in creating the "meat-body" a ‘thetan’ can inhabit.
A ‘thetan’ is on a passage to eternity. Scientology places ‘family’ as just ‘one out of eight’ ‘dynamics’ a ‘thetan’ relates to in the course of its journey. In practice this simply means the family must accept the ‘thetan’ as a Scientologist. Any family member critical of Scientology impedes the ‘thetan’s’ passage and must be shunned or ‘disconnected’. The ‘thetan’ and relationship to Scientology is the fundamental feature of the universe. The first principle in Scientology is "survive". A ‘thetan’ survives by adherence to Scientology doctrine and dedication to the ‘church.’ No matter how much the ‘church’ of Scientology tries to propagandize that it ‘helps’ families, all that can ever mean, is – Scientology helps families understand they are NOT families, but individual ‘thetans’ that’s Scientology’s foundational doctrine! All these facets that devalue the family are well illustrated in this account of a young Sea Org member trying to get permission to go home for Christmas.
...Christmas and Holidays were impossible to get off, and I was lucky if I got a 1/2 day off for Christmas to see my family...I didn't see or talk to my parents often at all. I had to call my parents in front of an HCO staff member which was hard to get their time to do...with the working hours, and lunch breaks at only 20 min, where do you honestly fit in a phone call? So, my parents started sending me phone cards, putting them in letters, leaving them in Christmas stockings, etc. I was...told I had "external influences" which basically means you are getting gifts and being bought off by outsiders (outsiders being my parents). I got pulled in by an Internal staff member who told me I was basically PTS [a ‘Potential Trouble Source’ to Scientology]. Source: "bushkaGND". Family Important In Scn? Yeah, Right! (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. February 29, 2008. 
The "internal staff member's" concluding response summarizes Scientology’s doctrine and attitude toward ‘family’ quite succinctly. ‘Thetans’ don’t have families. Parents are no more than ‘genetic entities’. The ‘thetan’s’ relationship to the family is unimportant and merely biological. As this Scientology executive tells “bushGND”:
She told me that she herself was disconnected from her mother, and that I needed to realize that there is no such thing as a mom thetan and daughter thetan and that we are all just thetans. She tried to convince me that family was not important at all telling me there was some LRH tape that family is just a GE thing (genetic entity)...So, if this is just one example of...the many "handlings" I got on the subject, does anyone still think that [Scientology doesn’t] think family is important???? Source: "bushkaGND". Family Important In Scn? Yeah, Right! (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. February 29, 2008. 
Aftermath: Physical and emotional trauma
Finally and most tragically, Scientology youngsters suffer physical and emotional scars, some that may never heal -- separated from their parents, taught that family serves merely a biological function, indoctrinated, deprived of schooling, suppressed for acting like children, tricked into menial jobs and impressed labor, corporally punished, forced into adult trials long before adulthood -- in sum these youngsters are abused.
I was in the sea org for 8 years. My mom got me in at the age of 15. I never saw any descrimination. But those 8 yrs were the most emotionally painful time in my life. It ended with me having a nervous breakdown...I suffer from PTSD and have been hospitalized at least 5 times in the last 12 years. I left the sea org in 1982. My mom remained and disowned me. Source: "Bug" (Former Sea Org), quoted in: "Snow White". Life In The Sea Org (Forum post), Operation Clambake Message Board. January 18, 2008. 
...I knew my place my place in life...don't let any one think it bothers you, show no emotion, pretend everything is ok and its perfectly normal for a parent to leave a child on a ship and never come back, only he did try, but the mighty Sea Org knew better. They felt it was better to keep children from their parents...Yeah, i kept my emotions in check to the outside world but inside, deep down inside i was in turmoil and there was no one I could talk to about it. Source: Sharone Stainforth. Totally Alienated (Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. March 17, 2008. 
The [Scientology] Org was just like my sadly pathetic abusive alcoholic father. Yell and rant and rave and then claim to love you and that they only have your best interest at heart and this abuse goes on and on…
I couldn’t escape the madness and I lost my faith in God after this, because after all, how could a God allow such horrible things to happen and such lunatic men, gain control over people’s lives ...
Do you know what happens to kids who grow up in abusive households? They suffer from PTSD, and Scientology is like growing up and being in an abusive family. The scars still linger, and after years and years of counseling, meds and prayer, I’m relatively sane from all of this, although I almost didn’t make it. I wanted to die, I tried to die, many times. Source: Chris. Chris’ Scientology Story, Ex-Scientology Kids. 2008. 
Some children do not "escape the madness" -- the fortunate fact that others, like Chris, do survive is a modern miracle.
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