Summary of  New York Post article by Philip Recchia (Scientology Sex Assault Nightmare, 10/2/05)


     Jennifer Stewart a former member of Scientology says she was told by a senior church staffer that the church had "ordered her" to work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and to live with Gabriel Williams, the Chief Supervisor of the Church of Scientology in Mountain View California. 

After Williams assaulted Stewart the first night, he did so again the next, telling her, "I'll kill you if you say anything," according to the police report.

"Williams told me everything that was happening was my fault because I'd been evil in a past life," said Stewart. "If I told anyone, I'd be sent to a psych and be taken away from my family." This was a serious threat not only because of the threat of being separated from one's family but also because Scientologists believe that psychiatry is a source of evil.

Only after her husband, Thomas Gorman became suspicious of bruises on Stewart's body in May 2001 did she admit what Williams had been doing, he said.

THE next day, Gorman and Stewart told Stewart's father. Michael Stewart took his family out of the church and hid his daughter. A few days later, he told church authorities what Williams had done.

"A deputy special affairs officer told me not to go to the police," said the elder Stewart. "If we did, we'd lose Jennifer to child services."   While Williams was waiting for his criminal case to be heard, Stewart, who married Gorman in 2002 and now lives with his family in San Francisco, filed a civil suit against him and the church. That was when the threats began, they say. On one occasion, a man phoned Gorman's father and said, "SPs don't live long. Your son and his wife, Jennifer, will be dead soon," according to a police report.   "Who else would use the term 'SP'?" said the younger Gorman. Such incidents continued up until three months ago, he says.

 

 

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