Mark Rathbun - Biography - Departure From The Church of Scientology

Departure From The Church of Scientology

Rathbun left the Church of Scientology in 2004 and is now an independent Scientologist providing counselling and auditing services for other Scientologists that have cut their ties with the Church of Scientology. He emerged as a critical source in a 2009 St. Petersburg Times expose on the organization, stating that physical violence is a common occurrence within Scientology management, and that Miscavige regularly beats his staff, or orders staff to administer beatings to designated individuals – accusations which the Church of Scientology categorically denies. This reporting series by the St. Petersburg Times titled "Inside Scientology: The Truth Rundown" was recognized with honors including the 2010 Gold Medal for Public Service award from the Florida Society of News Editors, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Headliner Awards in the category of investigative reporting.

In late December 2009, his blog and email accounts were "hacked and hijacked." Rathbun restored his accounts shortly after.

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