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Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2011 10:34 am | Updated: 11:20 am, Mon Apr 4, 2011.

To the editor:

In response to the article written in last Sunday's paper under the title "Claims of local torture cult got this editor's attention:"

I am Teal Scott, I am the subject of that article. It has come to my attention that in the days that have followed the release of this article, an all out opinion war has started between those who believe that I am crazy, those who believe that it is a publicity stunt, those who believe my story completely and those who have personal experience with the same thing.

People will continue to go on thinking what they want to think, and it is impossible to please everyone. But I want to go on record saying a few things. My book, which has nothing to do with abuse, is about how any human can find health, happiness and freedom no matter what was done to them or what they, themselves, have done in their life. The reason I am able to say this is that given my childhood, according to society I should not be in the healthy and happy state that I am in today. And it is my belief that if I can do it, anyone can. I understand that it is hard to hear that Cache Valley, which is a place of nirvana for many of you, could be another person's hell (as it was for me). But my intention is not to orient people in the direction of negative (like the focus on the details of my childhood is doing). It is to use the example of my own personal negative in order to show people the path towards positive.

It is not my job to convince anyone that what happened to me did in fact happen. I have told the police what I witnessed and experienced years ago and given them all the evidence I have. And it is up to them now what they can do with it all. It does not feel good to have the most vulnerable parts of your life ripped to shreds in public (as I have found out in the past few days). But I must say that I feel as if the true message that can be derived from all of it has been missed.

There is a conflict in victims like myself between the desire to deny trauma and the desire to proclaim it. This conflict is the central dialectic of trauma. Individuals who come out with the truth about the abusive atrocities they have suffered run the risk of being discredited by a waiting society, who does not want to admit such things go on. They also run the risk of inviting upon themselves the stigma that is associated with victims of abuse. The abuse itself devalues us and then, as if to add insult to injury, the abuse often serves as a vehicle of condemnation to a life in which we are exiled from society, because we can no longer fit into the socially validated reality. When a victim suffers from a traumatic event at the hands of another person, the only real way for the victim to truly heal is through connection with other people. Survivors should never be placed in a situation in which they must choose between expression and connection with others.

Unfortunately, this is often the position in which society places victims of abuse. Support from society for a victim of abuse alleviates much of the impact of the abuse whereas opposition in the form of discouragement, judgment, hostility or disbelief can compound the damage of the impact of the abuse catastrophically. It's up to you.

 

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9 comments:

  • bozman86 posted at 10:59 am on Mon, May 26, 2014.

    bozman86 Posts: 3

    Touching how cons support one another.

     
  • bozman86 posted at 10:57 am on Mon, May 26, 2014.

    bozman86 Posts: 3

    so instead of providing evidence to support Teals stories which you seem to believe at face value, you just poke fun at people who are just being critical. Is this Teals sock account?

     
  • bozman86 posted at 10:53 am on Mon, May 26, 2014.

    bozman86 Posts: 3

    Excellent reply, you really did your homework. I am currently investigating this woman as well for a series of you-tube video's. If you volunteer this information to the public to boost book sales the you have an obligation to co-operate if this is true with ANYONE wishing to know. Its my opinion she is clearly delusional and is taking advantage of people in the woo woo new age movement and I will expose any charlatan seeking to profit by lying to the public and making false claims.

     
  • Byenia posted at 2:29 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Byenia Posts: 1

    In an effort to be as compassionate as I can, assuming what Teal Scott alleges is true, I'm not satisfied with her response above to the original article. It was she who put extraordinary details out into the public eye, alongside her intricate spiritual narrative, intending to win people over to believing her past accounts of experiencing horrendous abuse serve as evidence of her spiritual narrative effectively allowing her to move beyond the grief and into a happy existence. Furthermore, she sells a book (that she profits from) and has created an organization (Teal Eye LLC) with a nonprofit offshoot to collect donations from the public to be put to use in funding her stated vision. In other words, Mrs. Scott is requesting members of the public to support and finance her mission. Her personal background story isn't an insignificant component in this equation, because it appeals to others healing from their own victimization.

    The problem I have with that is it's the modis operandi of charlatans, and after searching for more detailed information from credible sources about Teal Scott, I'm coming up empty-handed with an uncorroborated story. The purpose of any decent journalist worth their salt is to uncover information that may be of value to the public, and uncloaking charlatans ranks right up there. Past Senate investigations into the finances of Christian televangelists was illuminating and necessary, because that wealth and support lavished on them came from misled members of the public. So, this isn't some inconsequential matter that can be easily dismissed as Teal's word deserving to be taken at face value. I, for one, would like to know more about this woman's background so as to better assess the image and message she's putting forth. She does not necessarily owe us that information, but I wonder why childhood acquaintances and relatives aren't at least mentioning what they knew of her. It would be helpful to know more, and I wouldn't spend a dime on her book without first having more to go on. Because I do not wish to support charlatans -- IMO, it's corrupt to bolster the corrupt. And if she's seriously wack in the head, as I suspect may be the case, that's be good to clear up as well. Not to be mean, but seriously, if it's a bunch of fabricated nonsense conjured up to help sell a book, wouldn't you want to know?

    It's also a bit odd that the wikipedia entries for her have been deleted (though records of what was written remain linked and up for dispute). They basically repeat her own claims and claim and state:

    "Can find no info on her being a member of the US Telemark ski team. She has self-published a book [1]. References come from self publishing sites Amazines.com and ezinearticles.com. Only news source I could find is a Logan Herald Journal article."

    And that's what I find too when I conducted a search on this individual. Undoubtedly people out there remember her and can shed more light onto who she is and what they may think she's about. Or, in the least, it'd be worthwhile to learn more about this Mormon cult she speaks of, seeing as how nearly everything I read on that subject winds up later being discredited. Why is this? How well-connected would these cults have to be to elude repeated accusations and police investigations?

     
  • stretch202 posted at 9:53 pm on Sun, Apr 3, 2011.

    stretch202 Posts: 187

    If the story about Teal Scott and her early childhood is true then I wish her the best and want her to know that she is not alone. Many children suffer from abusive parents or adults and carry these scars for life. However after visiting her website I believe she still has issues. She claims to be "clairvoyant and have the ability to manipulate electromagnetic fields and the ability to communicate with thought forms".
    Bull puckie.
    When I escaped from the Mormon cult after 30+ devoted years I finally learned the art of critical thinking. I no longer take anything for face value. I must have proof and physical evidence.
    If you really can do these things, then would you be willing to submit to a scientific double blind test?
    Must Read!!!
    Michael Shermer's Baloney Detection Kit.
    http://homepages.wmich.edu/~korista/baloney.html
    1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
    2. Does this source often make similar claims?
    3. Have the claims been verified by another source?
    4. How does the claim fit with what we know about how the world works?
    5. Has anyone gone out of the way to disprove the claim, or has only supportive evidence been sought?
    6. Does the preponderance of evidence point to the claimant's conclusion or to a
    different one?
    7. Is the claimant employing the accepted rules of reason and tools of research, or have these been abandoned in favor of others that lead to the desired conclusion?
    8. Is the claimant providing an explanation for the observed phenomena or merely denying the existing explanation?
    9. If the claimant proffers a new explanation, does it account for as many phenomena as the old explanation did?
    10. Do the claimant's personal beliefs and biases drive the conclusions, or vice versa? [sad]

     
  • orion posted at 7:07 am on Sun, Apr 3, 2011.

    orion Posts: 5208

    I have often wondered if the arm-chair, judgmental, Dr. Lauras on this site would one day know how much they have added to the burdens of those they ridicule.

    Posters who know near-absolutely nothing about the subject matter make snap comments and proclamations that would add to the tragedies suffered.

    Good for you, Teal. Claim your personal power. You are well on your way to never allowing yourself to be a victim again.

     
  • cuteone posted at 8:22 pm on Sat, Apr 2, 2011.

    cuteone Posts: 14

    Teal my gifted Angel,
    Thank you for writing such a poignant letter. You have spoken on behalf of so many. As a friend of your mothers and your family for many years, I also published a book five years ago, and although the subject of my book was the abuse I experienced, I too was deeply ostrasized here in Cache Valley and treated like a criminal. It, as you said, was very difficult to have the most vulnerable parts of my life ripped to shreds by others. A lot of people here in Utah live in a bubble and cannot comprehend how such violence exists. I am not condemning or judging them, for I have forgiven their lack of ability to understand and only wish them peace and bless them with love. Thank you for your courage and bravery in exposing a subject that so many wish to put their heads in the sand about. You are strong, and I love you with all my heart! Your eternal friend, D.

     
  • Madame Stiletto posted at 7:35 pm on Sat, Apr 2, 2011.

    Madame Stiletto Posts: 309

    Teal Scott: There is a conflict in victims like myself between the desire to deny trauma and the desire to proclaim it.

    This statement contains the ring of truth of just about anyone who has suffered devastating trauma.

    Teal. My deepest wishes for your journey out of personal darkness.

     
  • DL in DEN posted at 12:10 pm on Sat, Apr 2, 2011.

    DL in DEN Posts: 3097

    Ms. Scott, skepticism is not disbelief. You don't need to prove anything to me, and that's because I'm not going to take any action regardless of what you do or say about your abuse situation.

    Thank you for noting that your book has nothing to do with your experience with abuse. I looked at your page for quite a while and made my own decision about how to react. Your experience with abuse, while it may add a certain amount of backstory interest to the book, isn't particularly related to your book's subject matter.

    I have no lack of belief that what you say happened to you actually did happen. I for sure am not accusing you of making it up to help book sales.

    The child sacrifice bit, if that was part of your story, is very difficult to take at face value. It isn't clear to me that you were in fact making such allegations or if was "friend of a friend" stuff. That particular element requires suspension of disbelief that I just can't sign up for.

     

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