"A Kafkaesque journey."
March 7, 2010 10:13 AM Subscribe
Defectors say Church of Scientology hides abuse.
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Two defectors from Scientology's Sea Org
, raised and married in the church, have been interviewed by the New York Times, hoping to expose the abusive treatment of even loyal staff members.
The Collbrans began their planned exit with a pregnancy intended to force their removal from Sea Org (members are not permitted to have children; abortions
and those who refuse are demoted or removed). It ended with their branding as "suppressive persons", and a resulting estrangement from their own families. (More on what it's like to be an "ex-Scientology kid."
Despite the financial and social pricetag involved, “Since Anonymous has come forward,” said Marc Headley, who belonged to the Sea Org for 16 years, “more and more people who have been abused or assaulted are feeling more confident that they can speak out and not have any retaliation happen.”
The Collbrans ultimately lost their marriage as well. Mr. Collbran completely disassociated himself from the church, but Ms. Collbran held on to a faith in L. Ron Hubbard, continuing to receive auditing from other ex-Scientologists. "Despite all they have been through together, Ms. and Mr. Collbran are getting a divorce. The reason, they agree sadly, is that they no longer see eye to eye on Scientology."