First person: In Scientology, children are punished for being kids - 2018-06-15
Once again, our technical expert Sunny Pereira has supplied us with a remarkable glimpse into growing up in Scientology and serving in the Sea Org. We learn that when you have a planet to clear, terrorizing children is just an unavoidable feature of the job.
It was 1989, and I was 16 years old. I had already signed a billion-year Sea Org contract (so I could get out of the Children's RPF and be able to listen to music again). Now I was the receptionist for the Golden Era Productions office in the big blue Scientology building in Los Angeles.
Looking back, I might have had an eating disorder. The way I saw it back then, I had no desire to eat anything. I had simply stopped eating. The whole idea of food and what could be in it just made me sick to my stomach. I was already a size zero, which was loose on me. I'd probably need a smaller size soon. Even though they had children in the Sea Org, I don't know if they had children's uniform sizes. The only food that did not completely sicken me was, of all things, a bagel with cream cheese on it. This was an item that was not available in the dining area, where food was available for the staff. It was something I would have had to buy, with money. I did not ever have any money in those days. But, in the reception desk there was some money that had been sitting in an envelope for almost a year with a name on it. Would anyone miss it? I decided to use it to get something to eat. I hadn't eaten in a week, I think.