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Media Release: Narconon Lawsuits - A Financial and PTSD Nightmare

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A Registered letter received earlier today from a Quebec legal entity, claims, according to a computerized court records search, that judgements against Narconon Trois-Rivieres have been rendered against this company for close to $700,000.00.

Judgements against Scientology

WireService.ca Media Release (0706/2014) - Earlier this year, a Quebec Human Rights Commission lawyer stated that Narconon Trois-Rivieres was approximately $500,000.00 in debt for unpaid taxes and for Labour Board judgements concerning unpaid wages following the Quebec government forcing the unsafe center to close. After a closer examination, court records indicate a much higher debt load.

By David Love

Once a thriving, 100 bed Scientology drug rehab center in Quebec, Canada, with close to half a million dollars in reserves, Narconon Trois-Rivieres is now facing a Scientology disgrace - close to bankruptcy. Narconon lawyers indicated to the 3 Narconon victims who won a stunning, and unprecedented victory from the Quebec's Human Rights Commission, that the entity would file for bankruptcy should the cases proceed to a Quebec Court.

$700,000 judgements

Narconon Trois-Rivieres had until early April 2014 to pay the victims for incomprehensible human rights abuses and threatened to file bankruptcy if all 3 victims did not sign a non-disclosure agreement - often called "gag orders" have been the subject of well-deserved scrutiny.

Some plaintiffs' lawyers have also spoken out strongly against such clauses, especially when it relates to information being kept secret or alleged to have been involved in serious misconduct like human rights abuses, fraud, slave labour, and failing to prevent it and/or covering it up.

Confidential documents

In the 3 cases before the Quebec Human Rights Commission, the lawyers representing the victims encouraged and pressured (to a lessor or greater degree) that the victims sign the "gag order" - thus avoiding a lengthy court hearing before the Commission Tribunal. It was suggested by Commission lawyers, that these proceedings could take 2-3 years, and that the plaintiff would probably declare bankruptcy to avoid evidence being heard in Court.

David Miscavige's Scientology drug rehab centers, Narconon, are now riddled with countless lawsuits in the United States and Canada - at least 20 or more at last count, and climbing as more victims reach out for help. Plaintiff's lawyers and media have alleged horrific human rights abuses, fraud, misrepresentation, sexual abuse, civil conspiracy, and fraudulently misrepresenting Narconon's success rate. Moreover, addicts and family members were lured to Narconon by promises of professional medical care and doctors waiting to treat them when this was not the case whatsoever.

Numerous Narconon victims were traumatized by pseudoscientific and quackery practices. Scientology beliefs were forced upon the vulnerable patients without their knowledge - further confusing and degrading the addicts. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not uncommon for patients after these experiences.

Hand over mouth

PTSD causes intrusive symptoms such as re-experiencing the traumatic event. Many people have vivid nightmares, flashbacks, or thoughts of the event that seem to come from nowhere. They often avoid things that remind them of the event. Many people feel a lot of guilt or shame around PTSD because they're often told that they should just get over difficult experiences.

Some attempt suicide while at Narconon and shortly thereafter. Some are now dead after leaving, and at least 14 deaths occurred while patients were inside Narconon.

For treating PTSD, 'The Canadian Mental Health Association' suggests a type of counselling called cognitive-behavioural therapy and exposure therapy, which can help you talk about your experience and reduce avoidance. It may be included in CBT or used on its own.

Talking about their traumatic experiences while at Narconon is a taboo sin for Scientology-Narconon, thus demands for non-disclosure, "gag orders" - preventing the victim from ever telling someone about what happened to them while in a Cult.

According to one lawyer, settling defendants effectively are "buying" plaintiffs' silence through confidentiality clauses in the formal release documents they require plaintiffs to sign as part of an out-of-court and private settlement.

For survivors of human rights abuses, where secrecy and shame are part of their injury, having to maintain silence in return for payment can have very negative consequences. It is often the case that little consideration is given to the terms of these "gag orders" and that they are ambiguous or hard to interpret and follow - especially when the cult of Scientology is directing the legal affairs.

The Law Society of Upper Canada that regulates lawyers practicing in Ontario offers some general words of advice regarding settlements:

"Where there are settlement negotiations, one should be careful not to further isolate claimants or to leave claimants without supports, or deny appropriate healing opportunities as a result of a settlement, if this can be avoided. As much as possible, claimants should also not be left with the sense that what happened to them is shameful and secret and/or that they are influenced into remaining silent, as this may be experienced as degrading and cause further distress. Claimants' freedom of expression and choice as to whether to speak about their abuse and/or the harms flowing from the abuse should be respected to the fullest extent possible."

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is a form of PTSD, but it occurs when someone is continually exposed to trauma, especially entrapment or captivity - such as in a cult. A history of subjection to totalitarian control over a prolonged period - having an almost complete control over members - not allowed to question since that is seen as an act of rebellion.

The control that Scientology-Narconon has over their 'subjects' can even continue long after a person has left the cult. Most cults are well known to have control over a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

More importantly, Scientology members and Narconon victims who escape may face years of harassment and intimidation - especially when they speak out about the abuses and trauma they experienced.

In Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard's own words, he states:

"People attack Scientology, I never forget it, always even the score. People attack auditors, or staff, or organisations, or me. I never forget until the slate is clear." - L. Ron Hubbard, MANUAL OF JUSTICE, 1959

David Love

 


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Author: Bill Masterson
Jul 07, 2014
Narconon
The sooner the victims are compensated the better things will be. Close them down.

Author: wesley white
Jan 02, 2019
contact e
naronon currentl owes me 36 thousand dolllar from the last time i was there in which i walked out after 2 weeks and was still billed.david i was therew when u were tkhere if you could pls refer me to a lawyer ide greatly appreciate it

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