Woodcraft sat down and shared their experiences in Scientology and
the Sea Org in a series of video
interviews as well as affidavits.
Astra's affidavit covers her formative childhood and
teenage years. In it she describes the poor schooling she received
and the hours working at the behest of the Church of Scientology,
including having to guard other members who wanted to leave. Shortly
after her fifteenth birthday, Astra married a 21-year-old man on
the orders of her superiors. She tells of being belittled and yelled
at by other Sea Org members, including her own mother, when she
refused to get an abortion after becoming pregnant at 19.
Zoe's wrote an affidavit through which we learn what
it is really like for children raised in the Sea Org. Zoe was raised
by other Sea Org members who were assigned to be nannies. Often
these "nannies" were children not much older than she.
Zoe was housed far from her parents in sometimes filthy, cockroach-ridden
and dilapidated buildings. Her only education was from Scientology
"course supervisors" with no educational qualifications
other than training in the Scientology method of learning. For years
she was housed at the "Cadet Org" on a remote ranch in
California, where the children were completely cut off from the
outside world. As Zoe put it, "This ranch was hours away from
normal civilization. In the year plus that I lived there we never
went into town for a field trip; never went to a movie, shopping
or anything. We were totally isolated."
helping his daughters get out of the Sea Org, Lawrence was declared
a Suppressive Person in September 2000. All of his Scientology clients
were ordered to cease doing business with him in an attempt to destroy
his architecture practice.
Lawrence's affidavit about his experiences in Scientology, and also
Lawrence's affidavit in which he gives a firsthand account of the
deadly levels of blue asbestos he encountered on the Scientology