We made it!!!
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us!
You have helped us accomplish something we absolutely did not think possible.
We are forever thankful. It has been amazing to see people from all walks of life come together and make this happen.
In 12 days, we received 556 donations, 23,104 visits to our fundraising site, and raised a total of $50,600, 112% of our original goal. So even after fees, everyone here has helped fulfill every last penny of the legal bills! The remaining balance will sit safely and will forward to the next cause when that arises.
And more so, we hope this puts a good ending on something that would not otherwise have been possible.
Thank you so, so much to everyone who helped us in our time of need!
We'll be in touch!
Until next time"¦
Claire, Marc and family
Again, a big thank you from our family to all of you!!!
Well, in just about a week we are on the home stretch of raising the full amount.
We never imagined this was possible in our wildest dreams.
And more so, so many of you have reached out and given us such incredible messages of support.
As most of you know, Marc has done much more talking than I have"¦
Well, I've decided to finally dedicate some time to getting more of my story out there, particularly focusing on growing up in the cadet org and abuse of children in Scientology, something I feel my personal experiences can help lend a voice to.
It's one small way I felt I could further say thank you.
With baby #3 on the way, it might be sporadic but I will eventually get it all out.
So if you have any interest in keeping in touch, or care to follow or subscribe, I will post here:
And as Marc already covered, book #2 is on the way as well!
A simple "thank you" just doesn't seem to cut it in this case.
We are here, and will continue to do our part.
85% of the goal has been raised! We are so close. We are trying to raise the full amount this week and I am pretty sure we can do that at our current rate.
We are very grateful to ALL donors. There have been several private donations as well as Paypal donation from all over, which we have been adding as they come in.
Also, a big shout out to all VV readers, OCMB, ESMB & WWP, as well as several other blogs that are keeping track of this fund. We could not have done any of this without you!
As soon as this fund is wrapped up. I am going to start posting again and boy do I have some stuff to post!
Until next time...
I think I have shed more tears these last few days than I can remember... Not sad tears, but the tears that come automatically when you see incredible acts of kindness.
To add some perspective that I felt it really important to share:
Never have the words "every cloud has a silver lining" been truer for us. We are incredible thankful for the many amazing friends we have. Jason Beghe is an inspiration as are so many others.
To be very clear, the last 3 years of fighting this legal battle have been tough. I sought therapy after being grilled by scientology lawyers on the subject of forced abortions, simply because I could not stop crying. And there were many other tough times as well.
Those deposition transcripts will be made available. There is much we have not said, because for the last two years, we were told not to talk to anyone about our cases. Media included. Not because of what we might say, but because every media article and internet posting provided a justification for scn lawyers to continue deposition well beyond what was needed (this is another way in which they managed to inflate the final legal costs bill - in federal court, we were only required to do 1 day of deposition and they dragged it out to 5 days for each of us).
Yes, in the legal system, we lost. But when it comes to exposing abuse and forcing scientology to change some of its evil ways, we won.
And in the end, losing was a blessing in disguise. Because what would the alternative have been? If we won our appeal, we had been told that it would have rapidly headed to settlement. And what would that mean? That we would have to enter into any form of agreement with COS and, worse, accept their blood money?
I feel Marc summed it up perfectly.
What? We would end up raising our children on money from COS that was obtained from the likes of many people we have since met and heard their heart wrenching stories? Like Luis and Rocio Garcia? Karen De la Carriere? Mary Jo Leavitt? And the very long list of other people whose hard earned money was cruelly taken under false pretenses?
No, we could never live with that, and we do NOT want our children to grow up with anything other than respectfully earned and obtained money.
Thank you again for the incredible outpouring of support we have received here.
I will remain forever changed by this - I may have lost some faith in the legal system, but ultimately I have gained a whole new view of the power of love and humanity.
And for the many of you who have given us heartwarming congrats regarding our expected #3, thank you SO much. We are thankful to know we have a healthy babe on the way, and no doubt this one will bring us as much joy as the two children we are already blessed with.
We are 75% there!
The outpouring of support has been crazy. We have received donations from 15 different countries and from just anybody and everybody! I have seen some VERY old friends come out of the woodwork to donate.
We are also getting a ton of donations on PAYPAL which we are posting here to keep track of them.
I am working on a few fun projects which I will try and have ready in time if we make our overall target here.
I am writing the second book. That has been decided. The outline is already completed & we now have the ISBN and title, "The Greatest Good". It will be the second of my "Good" books. It will mostly center around the Fair Game stuff and how much we went through after leaving. It will also include details on the FBI investigation that no one has ever heard.
And then, would you believe, a song? Yeah, this one is not my idea at all. Some who have heard it think it is good. It is certainly entertaining. I will say that much. Trying to figure out how to give everybody who donated a free download once it is done. I might have to get back out to LA for a few days to record for that. I will keep you posted. Maybe we will put up a small temp part of the overall song...
Thanks again for all of the support and we are within a few strides of the finish line!
Until next time...
The Golden Error Musicians put it over 30K!! We are only 1 day in and 66% there. How awesome is that. It seems we have had donors from all over the world and from all sides of this fight. Even a few real ones from the inside:) To everyone who donated, we are furiously sending thanks you notes. If you haven't got one it is because the site is only letting us send so many at a time.
If you were one of the first few donors, we are working with gofundme to be able to get back to you. Until then, we thank you!
We just got word that both ABC 20/20 & Nightline have pulled the TV shows that were going to air tonight.
It appears that someone at OSA is trying to sandbag the downstats over the next few weeks.
How this works is that they will shelve these shows until the next flap happens and then they will have most of the work done and put up something. 4 of the shows that aired this past week were shot months ago!
If we can get past this drama I might even write the next book, which picks up right where the last one left off. Trust me, what they did AFTER we left is just as wild if not worse. There is much we have never revealed due to the legal case. With that now over, it seems a little more sunlight and cleansing is in order.
Again, thanks for all of the incredible support.
Marc & Claire Headley
Just saw that we are halfway there! 22K in 15 hours has got to be some sort of record. We are truly overwhelmed by the amount of support from all corners of the globe.
In terms of media, Claire and I both did an interview for ABC's Nightline yesterday. Not sure when that will air or what they will use, but we did our best to make it meaningful. It is sometimes frustrating when you get interviewed for an hour and they use the 10 second clip about the Tom Cruise drama for the 26th time!
A few months back, Claire did an interview for a TV show called 20/20 on ABC. We she was done talking, the entire video crew had tears in their eyes. It was a very powerful interview. That show is supposedly airing tomorrow night. What ends up getting used is anyone's guess, but hopefully it turns out well.
Pretty sure no matter what happens at this point we are going to be sending a lot of Thank You notes over the next several days.
Thanks again for all the support.
Wow!! Just Wow! Thank you so much for the incredible outpouring of support, we are humbled beyond words. We are amazed that we are at 36% less than 9 hours after we started this. We just did two more major TV interviews and hopefully they use some good parts of our interviews.
Thanks for all the support! We are already at 2.5% in two minutes! I am here for you guys, I think you know that. Teared up a bit reading the comments on the Village Voice Blog. Really, from the bottom of our hearts. Thanks for helping us out.
In 2005 my wife and I fled the compound where we
had worked for Scientology for many years. After getting out and starting our
lives over, we realized that what went on there was not only wrong but that no
one was doing anything effective to expose and stop it.
While we were exhilarated to finally be free, and
excited to start our lives over with nothing, we also felt a moral obligation
to do something about the abuses we knew were being committed on a daily basis
behind Scientology's glossy façade.
In 2006 I (Marc) started posting what I knew on
the Internet and exposing the real story of what was going on behind the Iron
Curtain of Scientology. Very few people were speaking out against Scientology
at the time. Those who were speaking out were being heavily
harassed by Scientology and their private investigators, as were we. Regardless of the harassment, I continued to speak out and
expose anything that I thought would help end the abuses.
We felt we were alone at first, in all honesty we
often felt quite like a Target commercial, with a big red bullseye painted on
our rear ends waving in the wind. It has not been an easy road, and there were
many times we had regrets, concern for our personal safety and that of our
family, and where we wondered if we had made the right choice. But so many
people have since stood up and added their voices to ours. It has been an
incredibly liberating experience, a form of therapy in and of itself, and the
moral support we received has been beyond words. To see organizations and
groups form, Anonymous, independents, ex Scientologists, you name it, all of
whom added their voices to ours, and who have brought Scientology abuses and
criminality into mainstream view. Words cannot describe how important this has
been to us personally. We could not have done this alone, and we are well aware
of this fact.
We have never asked for financial support, nor
expected any. We have made every effort to help people leave Scientology, helped them find jobs, provided food, lodging, references, financial advice, whatever we could do, knowing full well what it is to leave with nothing but the clothes on your back and absolutely no idea of where to turn. When we left in January 2005, it was tough. We had no-one to talk to that could understand what we were going through - the adjustment process when one leaves is not an easy path to travel. Learning to live life in the real world has its difficulties when you have no money, no job, no resume, no assets to your name, no credit, etc. There was no network of ex Scientologists, Anonymous and independents to turn to for advice or help in any form. Ex-Sea org members, particularly those from the Base, were kept carefully segregated. That was a big problem OSA had with us from the start: we worked hard and fast to find people who left, connect them to lost friends, join together and support one another. In fact, we held the first official SP party at our house in December 2007, even with private investigators sitting in our drive way. We have been more than happy to provide help to many ex-members
recovering from the after effects of Scientology abuse, in any way we could.
Over the years, we've spent tens of thousand of dollars helping people leave
and get on their feet, and we will continue to help in any way we can.
Some of scientology's abuses that we have helped expose include
but are not limited to:
1. "Blow Drills" where ex members are
tracked, hunted down and brought back to the Sea Org and punished for
attempting to leave.
2. That Sea Org members were being paid less than
slave wages in China.
3. That Sea Org members were forced to perform
difficult and unpleasant tasks as punishment at the whim of David Miscavige,
such as cleaning out dried human excrement ponds at the International
4. That physical violence took place at the
International Headquarters and staff members were routinely and regularly
punched, slapped, kicked or thrown against walls and floors.
5. That female Sea Org members were routinely
forced to undergo abortions, with threats of heavy manual labor, intensive
interrogation and extreme segregation until any pregnancy was terminated.
6. That not only were husbands and wives
regularly separated but that, at the International Headquarters, members were
forced to divorce each other if they worked in different organizations even if
the building they worked in was hundreds of feet away.
Scientology spokepersons responded to these
claims telling members that we were spreading lies about Scientology and
informed our families still involved with Scientology that we were never to be
We brought lawsuits against the Scientology
corporations we worked for in effort to stop and expose the abuses. They spent
millions of dollars fighting our cases and attempting to get us to drop the
After several years, the courts issued a ruling
that not only confirmed everything we had said but that the Scientology organizations
argued that these were part of their doctrine. As a result we lost our
lawsuits. The court also noted that, had we used other legal theories such as
"assault, battery, false imprisonment or intentional infliction of
emotional pain", we might have fared differently in our case.
Scientology has since admitted that every point
above that we had said occurred (and which they had labeled as "lies"),
DID OCCUR and in fact many of the above facts were included in the court's
final decision as FACT.
We have also learned that Sea Org women that
become pregnant are now being allowed to have their babies and leave the Sea
Org without being pressured to stay or perform hard labor tasks.
We have learned that hundreds of staff all over
the United States have since left the Sea Organization and are now being
allowed to leave for fear that more lawsuits will be brought against
We have also learned that Scientology members
have flown all over the world to meet with former staff and have them undeclared
or brought back to good standing or have "freeloader" bills cancelled
in an effort to keep them in line to attempt to keep them silent.
Although we lost our lawsuits, ultimately we feel
that what we have done has forced the Scientology organization to end some of
the abuses. We feel we have given future lawsuits a better road map to be able
to convict the Scientology organization of its abuses and that we have
documented in public record and exposed countless other abuses and acts that
are committed daily by related Scientology organizations the world over.
Other than that positive note that society can
benefit from, our personal reward is a legal bill in excess of $45,000.
August 22nd of this year, Claire & I are
celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary. In February of next year we are
expecting our third child. We are living our lives.
We hope that anyone who thinks that we might have
helped them in some way would be willing to contribute to our legal fund. If
we're able to raise anything above and beyond what we need, we will donate it
to the next legal cause aimed at exposing Scientology's crimes and abuse.
Anything will help and we greatly appreciate your
And from the bottom of our hearts, we are
incredibly thankful to the thousands who have helped spread the word and who
have contributed to exposing Scientology abuses.
Claire & Marc Headley