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Anne Rosenblum

Former scientologist.

Affidavit of Anne Rosenblum (pre 1995)

Following one of these threatening phone calls, I went to a restaurant/lounge where my brother and friends usually meet, across from my brother's home. I remember ordering a "Tequila Sunrise" while waiting for my brother. I spoke to a man I didn't know who approached me and started a conversation. He left after about ten minutes. I left shortly after that feeling a little strange, the next thing I remember is waking up in a psychiatric ward. My front teeth were knocked out. Apparently, I lost my balance and fell on my face. The doctor told me that the laboratory found amphetamines, thorazine and other drugs in my blood.

I do not take drugs, nor do I have access to them. Aspirin is about the strongest medication I take. I had no knowledge or memory of having taken these drugs. I have little memory of the lapse of time between being in the lounge and ending up in the psychiatric ward. I am trying to piece the days together prior to my hospitalization.

I don't know what happened to me. I received a call at work about a week after being discharged from the hospital. The caller said: "Next time you won't be so lucky."

St. Petersburg Times: "For Some It Was Hard To Forsake Scientology" by Craig Roberton

"Emotionally and mentally I went through quite a trauma adjusting to the outside world," says Anne Rosenblum, 25, a seven-year church member who left in September 1978 and now lives in California.

IT TOOK ABOUT two months and a lot of "TLC" (tender loving care) by her parents, Ms. Rosenblum says, for her to "come out of the daze I was in."

"I was 23 years old," she recalls, "and I didn't know anything about opening a personal checking account, taxes, investments, buying a car, shopping, Social Security (that was a word I heard that had something to do with retirement).

"Watergate was something that I remembered hearing about, but I only had a vague impression that the President was impeached or resigned because of something he did to the Democratic Party."

Ms. Rosenblum says she experienced a mental "void" after leaving the church, "where everything you believe in all of a sudden vanishes, and it leaves you with nothing to hold onto."

"It is a very strange feeling," she said. "I went through a long period where I simply didn't believe anything — TV, books, newspapers, etc. I didn't believe because, if I had been so wrong before, how could I trust myself again to believe anything was right?"

THE MASS SUICIDES of 900 followers of Rev. Jim Jones in Guyana in November 1978 came a month after Ms. Rosenblum left the church. That sealed her determination to stay out of Scientology, she says.

"I realized that if at any point LRH (church founder L. Ron Hubbard) had handed me a glass of poison and told me to drink it, I would have, with no questions asked and no second thoughts," she says.

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