It’s Not Rape if You are in a Relationship ~ Scientology

Gayle Leslie
4 min readSep 29, 2023

“…you are not sorry for what you did: you are sorry that you got caught.”

Church of Scientology

Cancel Culture: the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure.

Consequence: a result or effect of an action or condition.

This is an excerpt from a more comprehensive piece I wrote on the banality of ‘whiteness.’

I’d thought to write a piece on the cascade of uber wealthy saying the quiet part out loud in recent weeks, telling us — to our faces — that all those decades of working people ‘complaining’ about the institutional racism, misogyny and classism that we intuited were keeping us on our knees, unable to prosper, to move forward, to thrive — all the reasons, the excuses these self-congratulatory gatekeepers had for not treating working folks with dignity, let alone paying them — was all in our heads. That all ‘we the people’ had to do was work harder, be sweeter and stop complaining and that we would be fine.

The self ordained ‘ruling class’ were not ‘gaslighting’ us, they were just smarter, they worked harder, they just knew better than we did what was good for us. That ‘we the people’ were lazy and ungrateful.

‘We the people’ aren’t fine. In fact, weren’t f*cking pissed and over it.

My first thought was to write about them, but lately they’ve done such a stellar job of telling us themselves, saying the quiet part out loud that I’ve elected to let these clever folks speak for themselves.

In 2020 Masterson indignantly declined a plea deal: it’s a dictate of the Church of Scientology that consequence only exist if you say it does. The victims — former members of Scientology — were first told by their ‘programmers’ that if the rapes happened they must have ‘wanted it’, that it was their fault that Masterson took them to his house where he drugged and penetrated their limp bodies. Upon leaving the church they were subsequently terrorized into silence: hence, the twenty years between his crimes and his conviction. There were two other complainants that apparently — for whatever reasons — didn’t go to trial; there’s no doubt in my mind that, in those two decades, there were others who didn’t want to be subjected to this public debasement.

Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology CEO, David Miscavige, was last seen at her father’s funeral in 2007: she simply disappeared. Her husband didn’t report her missing and pleaded ignorance to her fate claiming there was no reason to look for her. So the search is over and Shelly’s still gone.

“You can not rape someone you are in a relationship with,” ~ Scientology programmer.

Apparently rumors had lingered for decades in Hollywood of Masterson’s predatory behavior because he was confronted publicly as early as ’04. Still Scientology spent millions protecting him while denigrating his victim.

“The fact that you said your letters of support were intended for the judge, that you didn’t intend them to be made public shows that you are not sorry for what you did: you are sorry that you got caught.” ~ Twitter comment took the words right out of my mouth

Tangential to the Masterson horror show is the complicity of his co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, and that faux apology. But it gets worse for Kutcher.

“Dear Ashton, I know the secrets your ‘role model’ keeps for you. Ones that would end you. Did you forget I was there? You were on speaker phone that night you called Danny on February 21, 2001. I hear everything. I heard the plan. In my opinion, you’re just as sick as your ‘mentor.’” ~Chrissie Carnell Bixler, one of Masterson’s accusers

If that is provable, Ashton Kutcher could have criminal exposure.

Chuckleheads like Danny Masterson, Ashton Kutcher and David Miscavige — and his Church of Scientology — leverage their whiteness to access the levers of power: power to gerrymander elections; power to gerrymander the stock market; power to gerrymander the mechanisms of governance, taxation, regulation and the judiciary; the power to gerrymander the assembly-line floor, to withhold life altering healthcare, to rape with impunity and to decide who becomes a star and who is never heard from again.

While the rest of us are expected to resign ourselves to our lesser station in the social order, bend over and grab our ankles and take it up the a** without resistance or complaint.

Begging the question: how’s that goin’ for ya’?