Scientology Aftermath

Scientology Aftermath

I just finished watching Leah’s Scientology Aftermath finale episode.  She says, “Scientology, this is not the end.  It’s just the beginning.”

I was there for the taping of the show and got a chance to see up close the kind of supportive environment she has generated with this show.  That’s something Scientology has never had and never will have, because the individuals in it have been indoctrinated not to care.

Some of the stories being told took me back to some times I’d rather not dwell on.  Natalie, the psychologist who was there — whom I sat next to for several segments — would have called those times trauma.  I believe they were, simply because to this day, there are some things that happened to me in Scientology that I’d just rather not talk about.  That’s trauma.

In Scientology, if you talk like that, you’re “being a victim.”  Being a victim is frowned upon.  They victimize you while making it socially unacceptable to “be a victim.”  So you can never just talk about it to clear the air.

Besides, it’s considered part of your “case,” and discussing your “case” is strictly forbidden, except in session with your auditor.  But when you do get into a Scientology session and bring up the “victim” part of your “case,” the auditor immediately guides you to examine what you must have done to “pull it in.”  It’s victim-blaming at its finest.

Some people never get the help they need, because they’re never allowed to talk about what’s really bothering them.  And that’s the relatively harmless end of the spectrum.  At the other extreme are the things the Scientology Aftermath program covers — like the criminal acts that get covered up, because it’s a “suppressive act” to report another Scientologist to the authorities.

Just like never having your trauma addressed, so you can clear it up and come to a healthier mental state, when Scientology’s criminal abuses go unreported, the perpetrators are never brought to justice, and the social environment remains toxic.

The three seasons of Leah’s Scientology Aftermath show, as she says, are just the beginning.  We don’t know for sure what’s next.  But we’ve seen a few hints.  The former FBI guy who was sitting in the front row next to Natalie said law enforcement can start to get involved, once the civil suits against Scientology make their crimes a matter of public record.  With that, the façade will start to crumble.

So far, Scientology has avoided airing their dirty laundry in court by offering settlements to the plaintiffs — of course, after dragging the action on for years, until the plaintiffs are financially depleted and emotionally drained.  Under conditions like this, they’ve been pretty much able to guarantee that the plaintiffs will accept their settlement offer, just to have the ordeal over and done with.

But there seems to be another phase coming up.  Another hint was dropped that implied no settlement would be accepted unless it included a change in Scientology’s operating basis.  The abuses have to stop.

By the way, the “Jane Doe” who’s suing David Miscavige and Scientology for human trafficking and other abuses was also in the studio audience.  Heh.

So putting two and two together, I can see another phase on the horizon for Scientology — the Golden Age of Justice.  The trickle that started with Debbie Cook’s testimony, making Scientology’s abuses a matter of public record, and continued with the win for Laura DeCrescenzo and the $11 million jury award in the wrongful death lawsuit — well, that trickle is about to become a flood.

Please pass the popcorn.

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  1. Good Essay Lynn.
    I made a video discussing the fact that all of Scientology counseling and theory is based on COMMUNICATION and while there are REAMS of *TECH* on communication, how to communicate and confessionals to get you to ocmmmunicate, in fact, the “Church” of Scientology actions are enforced secrecy, no communication, and furtive secretive “need to know basis.” Much of internal Scn must-be-secret communication and punishment ~~ severe escalating punishments for communicating which *breaches* their “Security.” In other words, it behaves 180 degrees against all those doctrines that look so good on paper.

    • Yep. That’s what gave me cognitive dissonance almost from Day One. I had read the books and was operating on one set of data, while a lot of staff around me seemed to be operating on something else. I later learned that orders from on high didn’t necessarily go by what’s in the books. The books are just there to attract good people, who can then be manipulated after they fall for all the woo-woo stuff in the books. But you live and learn.

  2. The way you gently described how in auditing; there you are ready to talk about your trauma. It’s right there. You want to tell it. And then the sec check questions start.
    When did YOU, insert trauma here, etc?
    Who did YOU do, insert trauma here, etc?
    Is there an earlier time YOU did, insert trauma here, etc?
    After a few hours of this, your trauma is singed on the edges after baking into a hardened, enlarged lump of harder to reach memory.
    You know if you talk about it, it’ll just be more awfulness. So you cover it up. You smile, You write a success story about your ‘great auditing’ and some mornings a 3am you awaken and cry silently, feeling alone, because you never got to tell a friend or your spouse what happened. Like a malignant cyst, that event, that trauma that you wanted help for is now an island of pain you’ve shoved away.
    A homeless, drunken and rambling person, telling their own trauma to nearby homeless people, getting little acknowledgement, got more release and relief than did the ones who were ‘upstat,’ ‘in present time,’ ‘in good standing,’ ‘not talking about their case,’ paying through the nose, holding the cans, confronting their ‘whole track’ and ‘taking responsibility’ for ‘their cause’ in ‘pulling in’ this trauma.
    Thank you for dignifying the little traumas that the cherch turns into lasting pain. The cherch has done big ugly horrible things. And it’s done smaller, yet devastating things everyday in the name of auditing and ‘going free.’

    • Yes, that’s exactly it. Trauma is trauma — whether it’s physical or mental. And apparently, nobody in the “cherch” knows how to handle any of it.


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