Ex-Scientology Kids Share Their Stories

…Miscavige says Scientology can offer its followers greater ability in all areas of life, rid people of negativity, and make them “clear.”

But some former members of the Sea Organization, or Sea Org (Scientology’s version of clergy — the group of people who essentially run the church), including a niece of Miscavige, see another side to the religion. They spoke to “Nightline” about how they became increasingly disillusioned with the Church of Scientology, until they decided it was time to leave.

According to the Church, Scientology is in the midst of tremendous growth. It claims millions of members in more than 100 countries, although critics say those numbers are vastly overstated. But recently, the Church has found itself under increasing attack. In January, a group of online activists known as Anonymous posted a threatening video on the Internet and have since staged a number of anti-Scientology protests across the country. And new Web sites, critical of Scientology, are popping up all over the Internet.

Exscientologykids.com was created by three young women who used to be members of the church, including Jenna Miscavige Hill, who is a niece of Scientology’s leader David Miscavige. Hill’s parents joined when she was 2 years old. Both her parents were high-ranking members of Sea Org.

“What we’re told is that [members of the Sea Org] have to work so hard because they’re helping other people,” Hill, 24, recalled. “Your family isn’t the most important thing.”