Jenna Miscavige Hill

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Jenna Miscavige Hill (born February 1, 1984) is an American former Scientologist. After leaving the Church of Scientology in 2005, she has become an outspoken critic of the organization. She is the daughter of Ron Miscavige, Jr.[1] and the niece of current church leader David Miscavige.[2][3]

Hill, with Kendra Wiseman and Astra Woodcraft (both also raised in Scientology), founded the website exscientologykids.com.[4] She has been interviewed about her experiences within Scientology by a number of media outlets, including ABC's Nightline in April 2008,[5][6] and on Piers Morgan Tonight in February 2013 discussing details of the church.

In 2000, when Hill was 16, her father and mother left Scientology. Hill states that due to the Scientology-ordered practice of disconnection with relatives and friends who don't support Scientology or are hostile to it, letters from her parents were intercepted and she was not allowed to answer a telephone for a year.[7][8]

She described her experience from ages 5 to 12 as thus: "We were also required to write down all transgressions ...similar to a sin in the Catholic religion. After writing them all down, we would receive a meter check on the electropsychometer to make sure we weren't hiding anything, and you would have to keep writing until you came up clean."[1][9]

In 2013 her book Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, was published under the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins.[10] Jointly written with Lisa Pulitzer, a former correspondent for the New York Times, the book recounts her experience of Scientology in detail. The Church of Scientology has denied the accuracy of her account.[11]

On February 8, 2013, while appearing on radio's Opie & Anthony Show, she admitted that she first learned about the story of Xenu from watching the South Park episode "Trapped in the Closet".[12]

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  1. ^ a b Recchia, Philip (2008-02-06). "Family feud in Tom's church". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  2. ^ Braiker, Brian (2008-02-08). "The Passion of 'Anonymous'". Newsweek. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  3. ^ Sarno, David (2008-03-03). "Scientology taking hits online". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  4. ^ Olsen, Dawn (2008-03-01). "Jenna Miscavige Hill Helps Out Children Trapped By Scientology With New Site ExScientologyKids.com". Technorati. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Fletcher, Lisa (2008-04-24). "Niece of Scientology Leader Shares Her Story: Watch the Interview With Jenna Miscavige Hill Tonight on 'Nightline'". Nightline. ABC News. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  6. ^ Fletcher, Lisa; Ethan Nelson, Maggie Burbank (2008-04-24). "Ex-Scientology Kids Share Their Stories: Former Scientologists, Including Church Leader's Niece, Share Stories With 'Nightline'". Nightline. ABC News. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  7. ^ Jacobsen, Jonny (2008-01-28). "Niece of Scientology's leader backs Cruise biography". AFP. Google News. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  8. ^ Krone, David (2008-04-15). "Anti-Scientology Protests Continue in Dupont". The Hoya. Georgetown University. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  9. ^ "Family feud in Scientology's upper ranks exposes more oddities". Monsters and Critics. 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  10. ^ "HarperCollins to publish controversial memoir on Scientology". Voxy.co.nz. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  11. ^ "Ex-scientologist: I was brainwashed." Bbc.co.uk. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013
  12. ^ "What's the Most Secretive Aspect of Scientology?". 

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