[While working on this project I have come across a number of personal accounts about what it is like to be raised by parents who are in the paramilitary Sea Org. But I don’t think “raised” is the proper term since the parents spent almost no time with their children. Stories about children in the cult really pluck at your heartstrings. That such abuse can happen under the guise of religion is disgusting.]
The daughter of the president of the Church of Scientology in Australia has spoken out against the organisation, describing it as toxic and accusing the church of tearing some families apart.
In an exclusive interview on ABC 1’s Lateline, Scarlett Hanna has detailed life growing up in the former Cadet Org – a group set up for the children of Scientology’s elite unit – the Sea Org.
“The best way I can describe it is cattle,” Ms Hanna said of their treatment.
“We were property of the organisation.”
Ms Hanna is the only child of Vicki Dunstan, president of the Church of Scientology in Australia, and Mark Hanna, a former Asian/Pacific director of public affairs for the church.
She claims children of Sea Org members rarely had contact with their parents, lived in separate homes and were granted only 20 minutes each night with their parents.
“I can’t describe it. It was just an incredibly lonely childhood. I had no-one to talk to or to look after to me, or to ask me how I was after school or any of those things that most of us take for granted,” Ms Hanna told ABC 1’s Lateline. . .
Sheila Huber, a former Sea Org member, says she witnessed poor treatment of children at the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles.
Ms Huber, a former executive establishment officer for the organisation, cared for children in the Cadet Org when she was 16 years old.
She says she looked after around 30 infants all crammed into a one bedroom apartment.
Ms Huber claims the children were only allowed outside once in eight months and they were terrified by the experience.
“They spent so much time in their cribs, day after day, night after night, that they wouldn’t go in any space larger than the size of their cribs. They were terrified. They were terrified of the sunlight,” she said.
The article that appeared in ABC News, Australia/May 18, 2010. It says that the cadet org “no longer exists” but of course longtime Scieno watchers know better than this. For the rest of the story go here: