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Former Scientologists allege abuse, intimidation

Title: Former Scientologists allege abuse, intimidation
Date: Thursday, 19 November 2009
Publisher: The Age (Australia)
Authors: Katharine Murphy, Misha Schubert
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FORMER members of the Church of Scientology have made explosive allegations about forced abortions, child abuse and financial extortion, prompting calls for a parliamentary inquiry. Letters tabled by independent senator Nick Xenophon reveal claims of vulnerable people preyed on by a coercive and ruthless organisation that punished and shamed dissenters by physical incarceration, withholding food or intimidation. But the Church of Scientology hit back, arguing the claims came from seven ''disgruntled former members who use hate speech and distorted accounts of ... [Read the rest at]