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Press Release needed: "THOUSANDS of former members publicly condemn the Church of Scientology"

Discussion in 'Scientology and Anonymous' started by Incredulicide, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. Incredulicide Member

    For Immediate Release

    THOUSANDS of former members publicly condemn the Church of Scientology

    Over 2,000 former members of the Church of Scientology Inc. have spoken out publicly under their real names against abuses witnessed or experienced first-hand within the organization. This is according to a list released on Oct. 28, 2012 which has been compiled over the past three years by online activist group Anonymous.

    The extensiveness of this list demonstrates that there is a significant problem with organized Scientology, and counters all their claims in the media that so-called "disgruntled ex-members" or "apostates" are a "small group" or few in number.

    The written and spoken accounts of stories linked to in the list also prove false claims by the Church of Scientology that there are no such policies of "Disconnection", "Fair Game", noisy investigations and abuse of legal process currently in use to harass critics and intimidate former members into silence.

    While their backgrounds vary widely, their stories are similar: rigid control of information, enforced disconnection from loved ones, zealous fundraising campaigns, physical and emotional abuse of children and adults, slave labor camps designed to reinforce indoctrination, and other disturbing practices. Their compelling stories emerge from numerous countries all around the world, many of them spanning decades.

    Listed are names of individuals who no longer practice Scientology at all, as well as others who do so outside the purview of the organization. Documentation is provided for each name.

    It is estimated that thousands more have resigned quietly or spoke out but withheld their names in fear of retaliation. Anyone who is a victim or witness of abuse within organized Scientology is encouraged to speak out and add your name and personal story to the list to help stop further abuse. We hope that the people named here will empower you.

    Statistics:
    • The IAS (International Association of Scientologists) received over five million dollars from just 70 of these former members, averaging more than $71,000 each.
    • 699 of the former members have a combined total of more than thirteen thousand years of experience inside the organization, averaging 19 years each.
    Anonymous now celebrates the recognition of thousands of human voices no longer silenced or alone.

    You can find the list online here:
    https://whyweprotest.net/wiki/Former_Church_of_Scientology_members_who_have_spoken_out

    Since February 2008, Anonymous has protested the crimes and abuses of the "Church" of Scientology and its many front groups. These protests and public awareness efforts, such as this list, will persist for as long as the crimes and abuses continue.

    We are Anonymous
    We are Legion
    We Do Not Forgive
    We Do Not Forget
    Expect Us.
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Thanks for doing this. Overall I thought it was well-written.

    Perhaps a press release can be most effective when it's concise enough to not overwhelm uninformed readers.

    The first sentence of the second paragraph reads:

    The individuals on the list have spoken out under their real names against the abuses seen and experienced within the so-called church despite being subjected to Scientology's "Fair Game" policy, which was never cancelled regarding people they deem "Suppressive Persons", gives members permission to destroy its critics.

    I would shorten it to this:

    The individuals on the list have spoken out under their real names against the abuses seen and experienced within the so-called church despite being subjected to Scientology's "Fair Game" policy, which gives members permission to destroy its critics.

    Also, there could be a mention of how much money Scientology has charged some of these people.
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  3. Incredulicide Member

    Open to edits for sure, it's mostly copy/pasted from the 1000 press release by RightOn. That bit about the policy never being cancelled is to counter any response by CoS that it was, a cancellation we all know "doesn't apply" to SPs.
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  4. Ogsonofgroo Member

    "Also, there could be a mention of how much money Scientology has charged some of these people. '

    Maybe something liek~'.... collectively having been conned out of many tens-of-millions for various illusary gains.'

    ?
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  5. Anonymous Member

    Also working off a conservative estimate of numbers still in the church, expressing the 2000 as a percentage might be good.
  6. amaX Member

    Please, please, please let this become a press release. Please.
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  7. Incredulicide Member

    Perhaps a couple of Statistics:
    We know the IAS (International Association of Scientologists) received $5,057,550 from just 70 people on the list.
    We know 699 people on the list have a combined total of 13,307.5 years experience inside the church.
  8. Anonymous Member

    Here are some edits humbly submitted for your consideration to use or not use as you like.


    For Immediate Release

    THOUSANDS of former members publicly condemn the Church of Scientology

    Over 2,000 former members of the Church of Scientology Inc. have spoken out publicly against the organization so-called church, according to a list researched and compiled by online activist group Anonymous over the last past 3 years and announced released on October 28th 2012.

    The individuals on the list have publicly spoken out under their real names against the abuses seen and witnessed or experienced first-hand within the Church of Scientology, so-called church despite being subjected to intimidation and threats for doing so, under Scientology's "Fair Game" and "Disconnection" policies. Although the Church of Scientology publicly denies that these policies exist, there are first-person accounts in the news that these intimidation tactics are actively applied to this day. , which gives members permission to destroy the livelihoods of people labelled "Suppressive Persons" by speaking out. Most former members do not dare to ever publicly criticize the organization church, largely because of theseis policies.

    The extensiveness of this list demonstrates that there is a significant problem with organized the Church of Scientology, and counters all their claims in the media by them that so-called "disgruntled ex-members" or "apostates" are a "small group" or few in number.

    The list, which continues to grow daily, contains both many names of individuals who no longer practice Scientology at all, as well as many others who do so outside the purview of the organization. What they have in common is that each of them has decided to step forward and tell the world what happened during their time within organized the Church of Scientology. While their backgrounds vary widely, their stories are similar and many themes run throughout: rigid control of information, enforced disconnection from loved ones who are critical of the group, zealous campaigns to squeeze money from members, physical and emotional abuse of children and adults, slave labor camps designed to reinforce indoctrination, and many other disturbing practices. The problem is not limited to any particular country. Their compelling stories of abuse emerge from numerous countries all around the world spanning decades.

    Statistics:
    • The IAS (International Association of Scientologists) received a little over 5 million dollars $5,057,550 from just 70 of the people on the list.
    • 699 people on the list have a combined total of over 13 thousand 13,307.5 years of experience inside the church organization.
    Anonymous now celebrates the compilation and publication of a thousands-strong list of human voices no longer silenced, and never again alone. You can find the list online here:
    https://whyweprotest.net/wiki/Former_Church_of_Scientology_members_who_have_spoken_out
    Documentation is provided for each name included in the list.

    There are thousands more who left, and have yet to come forward to tell their story, and there are also hundreds more who spoke out who but did not want their names known for fear of retaliation. We hope that the courage of those named here empowers more people to come forward with their stories of abuse, and ultimately prevent such abuses from ever taking place again.

    All remaining victims or witnesses observers of abuse within organized Scientology are invited to speak out and add their names and their messages personal stories to the list.

    Since February 2008, Anonymous has protested the crimes and abuses of the "Church of Scientology" and its many front groups. These protests, as well as public awareness efforts like such as the Big List, will continue for as long as the abuses continue.

    We are Anonymous
    We are Legion
    We Do Not Forgive
    We Do Not Forget
    Expect Us.[/quote]
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Excellent job. Thanks for that.
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  10. another123 Member

  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Also, it shouldn't be hard to shorten the URL from /wiki/Former_Church_of_Scientology_members_who_have_spoken_out
    to
    /wiki/list
  12. Incredulicide Member

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  13. RightOn Member

    morning all! yawn whats shakin'?
    press release? do want!
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  14. RightOn Member

    Tony O kept his promise!!!!
    YAY!!! Hope it gets some legs.

    It would have been nice to have been mentioned as the original creator of the list though. :(
    I think I deserve that at least. Not trying to be "back patty" or "leader-faggy", but it would have been nice. I worked tirelessly on it for years, even when I was on vacation.
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  15. Anonymous Member

    From the comments:

  16. RightOn Member

    just wanted to be mentioned as the originator thats all. No reward. Never asked to be rewarded all these years.
    another reason is that the Indies think Steve Hall's list was his original idea. It was not.

    Just something simple like,
    " what started out as a list of names on a scratch pad by a member of WWP who goes by the name "RightOn", turned out to be a list of 2000 strong, thanks to the help of many members tirelessly working to get it there."
  17. Anonymous Member

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  18. RightOn Member

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  19. Anonymous Member

    Another suggested correction/addition to the corrected version shown above.

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  20. Anonymous Member

    Best to keep just the one link in a press release, which is for the general public. The extra links for submissions are already at the link given.
  21. failboat Member

    Replace the word "ultimately" with "to," so that it's clear you want more people "to come forward" and "to prevent." If you want to leave the word ultimately in there, it needs to be "ultimately to prevent," to avoid the split infinitive. Never mind, "to ultimately prevent," is also acceptable in your modern, bastard English. ducreux.jpg

    Otherwise, people reading this might think that the subject of the object clause, "the courage of those named," is doing BOTH the empowering AND the preventing.

    I know that "empowers" agrees with "courage" which is singular, and "prevent" agrees with "more people," which is obviously plural.

    Still, I had to read this sentence 2-3 times to figure out that it was "more people" who were preventing abuse, rather than "the courage of those named." So, since it seems we're proofreading and editing, I decided to nitpick this sentence.
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  22. RightOn Member

    thanks to all for pictching on on this
    and of course to Incredulicide!!
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  23. Incredulicide Member

    I went with:
    "We hope that the courage of those named here empowers more people to come forward with their stories of abuse to ultimately prevent such abuses from ever taking place again."
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  24. Anonymous Member

    Please add VaD/cool to teh list,
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  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    You could change "The IAS (International Association of Scientologists) received a little over 5 million dollars from just 70 of the people on the list" to "The International Association of Scientologists received more than five-million dollars from just 70 of the people on the list — an average of more than $71,000 per person."
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  26. dbloch7986 Member

    There is no need to distinguish the Church of Scientology from independently practicing Scientologists because it would be redundant.
    ------------
    EDITED:

    Over 2,000 former members of the Church of Scientology have spoken out against the organization. This is according to a list released on Oct. 28, 2012 which has been compiled over the past three years by online activist group Anonymous.

    The extensiveness of this list counters claims by the Church of Scientology that "apostates" are few in number.

    While their backgrounds vary widely, their stories are similar: rigid control of information, enforced disconnection from loved ones, zealous fundraising campaigns, physical and emotional abuse of children and adults, slave labor camps designed to reinforce indoctrination, and other disturbing practices. Their compelling stories emerge from numerous countries all around the world, many of them spanning decades.

    The list is limited only to members who have used their real names and includes former members who still practice the religion of Scientology independently of the church. It is estimated that there are many more who have resigned quietly or who spoke out but withheld their names in fear of retaliation. Anyone who is a victim of the Church of Scientology is encouraged to speak out to help stop further abuse and we hope that the people named here will empower you.

    Statistics:

    • The IAS (International Association of Scientologists) received over five million dollars from just 70 of these former members, averaging more than $71,000 each.
    • 699 of the former members have a combined total of more than thirteen thousand years of experience inside the organization, averaging 19 years each.
    Anonymous now celebrates the recognition of thousands of human voices no longer silenced or alone.

    You can find the list online here:
    https://whyweprotest.net/wiki/Former_Church_of_Scientology_members_who_have_spoken_out

    Documentation is provided for each name. People who speak out in the future are encouraged to add their names.

    Since February 2008, Anonymous has protested the crimes and abuses of the "Church" of Scientology and its many front groups. These protests and public awareness efforts, such as the Big List, will persist for as long as the fraud and abuses continue.

    We are Anonymous
    We are Legion
    We Do Not Forgive
    We Do Not Forget
    Expect Us
  27. RightOn Member

    "The extensiveness of this list counters their claims that "apostates" are few in number."

    to the outsider, this may sound like you are still talking about Anonymous instead of COS.
    maybe change their to the Church of Scientology
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  28. dbloch7986 Member

    Thanks. I changed it.
  29. dbloch7986 Member

    Okay I think I am done editing lol. Hope you like it.

    Simple. Clear. Direct.

    :cool:
  30. failboat Member

    2nd sentence, "This according to..." lacks a verb. I know 'according' looks like a verb, but it's a participle.

    Last sentence, "The extensiveness of this list counters their claims," - it's unclear who "their" is in "their claims," because you were just talking about the collective Anonymous in the previous sentence. The fact that you're talking about COS needs to be specified at least once before you can commence referring to it with pronouns.

    Same problem as above. Now you need to specify that this "their" is the people who have spoken out, not Anonymous or the COS.


    Needs a comma after world.

    The last couple of words still have this same pronoun clarity problem, and I'd recommend something like, "empower you if you've been victimized by the Church of Scientology."

    "continue" was fine, if you ask me. The change to "forge ahead" sounds totally awkward. If you're trying to avoid using "continue" twice, then use "persist."
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  31. dbloch7986 Member

    Okay one more edit. I would try to avoid using "the list" or "people on the list". It could be misconstrued as dehumanizing. I would focus on the actual people instead of "their names". If you know what I'm saying.
  32. dbloch7986 Member

    Failboat,

    Thank you. Check it out now and see what you think. I didn't want to use the same word twice for fear of sounding redundant. I agree that persist is much more appropriate.
  33. Anonymous Member

    Just want to thank you guys, you have done great!
  34. dbloch7986 Member

    EDITED:

    Over 2,000 former members of the Church of Scientology have spoken out against the organization. This is according to a list released on Oct. 28, 2012 which has been compiled over the past three years by online activist group Anonymous.

    The list demonstrably counters claims by the Church of Scientology that "apostates" are few in number. It serves as a laundry list of abuses delivered by the church and as a guide to the heavyhearted stories of ex-members.

    While their backgrounds vary widely, their stories are similar: rigid control of information, enforced disconnection from loved ones, zealous fundraising campaigns, physical and emotional abuse of children and adults, slave labor camps designed to reinforce indoctrination, and other disturbing practices. Their compelling stories emerge from numerous countries all around the world, many of them spanning decades.

    The list is limited only to members who have used their real names and includes former members who still practice the religion of Scientology independently of the church. It is estimated that there are many more who have resigned quietly or who spoke out but withheld their names in fear of retaliation. Anyone who is a victim of the Church of Scientology is encouraged to speak out to help stop further abuse and we hope that the people named here will empower you.

    Statistics:

    • The IAS (International Association of Scientologists) received over five million dollars from just 70 of these former members, averaging more than $71,000 each.
    • 699 of the former members have a combined total of more than thirteen thousand years of experience inside the organization, averaging 19 years each.
    Anonymous now celebrates the recognition of thousands of human voices no longer silenced or alone.

    You can find the list online here:
    https://whyweprotest.net/wiki/Former_Church_of_Scientology_members_who_have_spoken_out

    Documentation is provided for each name. People who speak out in the future are encouraged to add their names.

    Since February 2008, Anonymous has protested the crimes and abuses of the "Church" of Scientology and its many front groups. These protests and public awareness efforts, such as the Big List, will persist for as long as the fraud and abuses continue.

    We are Anonymous
    We are Legion
    We Do Not Forgive
    We Do Not Forget
    Expect Us
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  35. Incredulicide Member

    I'm incorporating a lot of your edits into the OP. Still editing...

    Ok, please make further suggestions of changes one at a time quoting the part of the OP to change instead of posting the entire thing changed.
  36. RightOn Member

    I have said it before but it bears repeating.
    Thanks to all who help and who have helped with the list.

    If it wasn't for the following people, this list would not be possible to be where it is today.
    Thanks to all the Wiki fags too
    Incredulicide
    Another123
    Wolfbane
    TrevAnon
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  37. Anonymous Member

    100/100
  38. dbloch7986 Member

    I should have said "FIFY". I always miss the opportunity. :p
  39. Anonymous Member

    Fix thos!
  40. Anonymous Member

    Except "It is estimated that there are many more.."
    An estimate needs a figure, even if it's a ballpark figure. It can't be used with the word many like that. The OP has "It is estimated that thousands more have resigned quietly" which makes more sense as a sentence.
    Also "The list demonstrably counters claims" is weird. It's a list, incapable of doing something like countering . The OP has "The extensiveness of this list demonstrates that there is a significant problem with organized Scientology" which is the whole point of having so many on the list.
    Also, a sentence in the OP is missing from this version which IMHO is a mistake to leave out: "The written and spoken accounts of stories linked to in the list also prove false claims by the Church of Scientology that there are no such policies of "Disconnection", "Fair Game", noisy investigations and abuse of legal process currently in use to harass critics and intimidate former members into silence."
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