January 3, 2017

Your show could not be further from the truth

Scientology taught my children how to manage difficult situations, how to defend themselves without violence, how to handle bullies at school, and how to stick up for their friends.

January 3, 2017

Anchor ABC News
47 West 66th Street,
New York, N.Y. 10023

Dear Mr. Harris,

It has come to my attention that you intend to air a 20/20 program that includes content that defames Scientology, and specifically claims that Scientology promotes activities that are harmful to children. This could not be further from the truth. If those claims had even a whisper of truth to them I would not, and could not, raise my three children as Scientologists.

Each of my children was under the age of 10 when he started studying Scientology. At no point were my husband or I ever excluded from their training or coerced into allowing them to do something that could be harmful. None of their training materials has had any content that was even remotely sexual.

The moral code of Scientology has enabled my children to know right from wrong with such certainty that none of them has ever been tempted to take drugs or behave in a sexually inappropriate manner. Scientology has taught them how to manage difficult situations, how to defend themselves without violence, how to handle bullies at school, and how to stick up for their friends.

Scientology emphasizes personal ethics and uses gentle, age appropriate methods to help a child understand his or her personal responsibility, not only to him or herself, but to the whole family, the groups they are part of, the environment, and all of mankind. I am proud of what good people my children are, and I am grateful to Scientology for giving me the guidelines that have made me a better parent.

I appreciate that you have taken a few moments to read this letter, and I will leave you with one final thought: There is more sexual content in the advertisements shown on the ABC network than you will ever see anywhere in any material at the Church of Scientology.

Sincerely,
Jeri Slavin
Hoboken, N.J.

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