A husband and wife team who help Church of Scientologymembers leave the controversial organisation say they have never been busier after a spate of national coverage surrounding the cult. Bonnie Woods, a former Scientologist, and her husband Richard formed Escape nearly three years ago and operate from their East Grinstead home. The couple claim to have given advice to about 100 former cult members.
Scientology distributes a leaflet showing a photograph of Bonnie Woods above the words "Hate Campaigner Comes to Town". A group of Scientologists put the leaflet in the mail boxes of the Woods' neighbors and handed it out to members of the public on East Grinstead High Street. The leaflet described Mrs Woods as a "hate campaigner" and a "deprogrammer"; it also cast doubt on the sincerity of her claims to be a born-again Christian. Six years later, Scientology will admit these allegations to be false and apologize in open court for libelling her.