Recently a man from NYC contacted me. Telling me that there are and were a lot of cougar women hitting on and sexually harassing young attractive 20 something men in AA. He wanted to make sure that the story we are telling is a fair one and that he himself had been harassed 20 Years ago.
I want you to know that there is a law suit pending against AA.
No one should put up with the crap that I am reading here. EVER!!!
Walk away. Go to the police if an assault happens.
You are not broken. You are not wrong and you have NO PART IN IT!
Stay strong and contact us if you need to talk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Herbert Tracy White was murdered in Nov 2010. Tomorrow morning there will be sentencing. After 4 long years this poor family has to sit one more time and look at these evil two who targeted Tracy for the good Samaritan that he was. I will look them in the eye and ask questions and give them an ear full.
Well its curious how this blog brought about some closure for me that I would never expect. I was owed some $1,200. from a guy I dated and it ended badly back in 1999. I did not meet him in AA, but in a coffee house where music was performed… when he told me he was in AA I trusted him quickly cause I thought he was on a spiritual path! What a fool I was back then. But whatever…I was very trusting and naive then.
The point is …that if every person who got ripped off or was owed money by steppers….I know this one old timer in LA who owes a whole group of guys over $250K !!! would confront him, some may get their money back.
I was contacted by a anonymous person two months ago who said they were ripped off by 2 AA members in West LA for over 2 million…thats jail time folks. I know a woman in Texas whose friend was ripped off by her sponsor for 2 million dollars! This occurrence actually helped this person I met on Stink THINKIN blog a few years ago ….to leave AA.
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Pretty bad. I am here. I am interviewing woman who have been so badly 13 stepped by older, and I mean way older men, like 68 year old hitting on 20 somethings for sex. But here’s the hitch. There is a twist on this story that makes it a crime what they are doing. A real crime. They find themselves vulnerable women who are also addicts and they feed them drugs and actually offer them drugs when they slip. Use. etc.
There is another man who is going into the women’s prison, bringing out the new ones and also having sex with them. More 13 stepping in connection with the DOC and Im sure H & I ….AA 12 step work. Sounds like AA bullshit sexual predatory work. Sex slaves are always thought as immigrants from Thailand or the like, but in America and in AA it seems we have a sex trade of its own 1930’s variety.
I am horrified by the stories I am hearing. I also remembered another reason I came here and why I am making the Documentary The 13th Step. A few years back there was a story where in the parents molested and raped 4 of their own children. They , instead of getting 15 years in prison were plea dealed to Narcotics Anonymous. Did NA locally warn the members in Kentucky that these pedophiles are now attending those meetings? NO they did not!
Here’s what I am seeing. They are dealing drugs out of the West End Token Club. Or near by, or the leaders are selling it and or giving it to them woman in exchange for sex and holding them hostage to do what they want with them. 13 stepping is not illegal but the dealing the drugs is and indentured servitude is against the law. Sex Trading is also illegal.
So who do we go to?
The local police? Do they care in Louisville when black men sell drugs to white women in a bad part of down. DO they care about sex trade? The FBI? The Local AA Intergroup? The Local NA Intergroup? The Local main Newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky? The Local News Station?
This is a huge problem here and I am shocked by what I was told in the interview we did last night. This is disgusting. We will be heading to the Local AA club to see for ourselves and bring the literature to see if we can empower some of this woman. and warn the guys that it has to stop. Here is one idea…they can sue the club for sexual harassment and close the club down if the right young person will do it and realizes she can do it. Perhaps it might even be a guy , or a gay person who will come forward….
Wish me …wish us luck…dont worry …I am not going alone :)
My daughter Karla was murdered on September 1st, 2011. My family hasn’t celebrated a Christmas or birthday since. We haven’t even given her a proper burial. During these two years and nine months, my mind hasn’t been anywhere but the case.
The man charged with her murder is Eric Allen Earle. Karla met Eric in AA. She had gone to rehab voluntarily to take control of her substance overuse, and her clinic was transporting her to AA meetings.
Eric originally went to AA on a court order. The judge gave him a choice: one meeting per week or one year in jail for an assault battery and vandalism. Despite having a violent criminal record including assault with a deadly weapon, Eric allegedly continued AA meetings even after Karla’s death.
Karla — a 31-year-old woman at the height of her vulnerability — and Eric — a 40-year-old convict with 20 years experience preying on vulnerable women in AA — should never have been in the same room. Judges put my daughter at risk, and AA knew about his past and did nothing to protect her.
The next court date is in June 2014, and so far no trial date has been set. We’ve been to court so many times now that I’ve lost count. Each time we sit waiting for the case to be called, we hear judge after judge sentence more violent criminals to AA meetings. This has to stop.
Please help me honor the memory of my daughter by signing our petition to stop sending sex-offenders and violent criminals to AA. Please help Karla’s story be heard by supporting the film The 13th Step.
Something has to be done, and we won’t stop until everyone who struggles with alcohol and drugs has access to safe recovery.
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13 stepping, derogatory remarks, harassment, financial scamming are not a part of an healthy support group. Taking advantage of someone who is in their most vulnerable state is not okay.
The 13th Step – a feature documentary exposing the intimate truth about Alcoholics Anonymous, its historical underbelly, and how an “anonymous” environment has become the protected feeding ground for sexual predators and violent crimes.
Despite repeated warnings from respected board members and longtime members, this behavior goes unchecked by AA’s world headquarters. It is exacerbated by the sentencing of criminals and sex offenders to AA meetings without the knowledge of other AA members.
From our federal courts all the way down to our children’s cartoons, Alcoholics Anonymous has permeated our lives and filled us with supposed knowledge about alcohol abuse, rehab and recovery for over 60 years.
But what exactly IS AA? What goes on within those meetings where alcoholics congregate and DUI offenders are forced to go as part of their criminal sentences?
Join us as we tackle society’s deep-rooted relationship with AA and discover exactly what goes on behind the veil of anonymity.
A personal letter from the filmmaker
All of us know someone affected by alcohol and drug overuse and dependency. Many of us have faced the struggle ourselves. When someone is struggling with alcohol, where is the first place people send them to get help?
As a member of AA for over 36 years, I learned of unthinkable acts of betrayal and violent crimes – including the preying on women in their most vulnerable state – happening within the AA community under the guise of “anonymous.”
Despite my attempts to report and stop this behavior with AA leadership, I was met with opposition and at times, attack. These reasons drove me to leave AA. I could no longer support a group that creates a safe and protected environment for predators.
Since then, I have dedicated my life to educating the public about safe-recovery alternatives as well as informing the masses on dangers inherent to AA meetings around the world. My latest project The 13th Step is a feature-length documentary that blows the lid off sexual assault in AA.
I need your help.
The film requires more money for its next phase of production. We hope you can and will give. We will resume filming this week. We’ll be raising finishing funds through June 1st with a target completion date for the film in August 2014.
Consider giving to the film in April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Your donation is entirely tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor the International Documentary Association. Click here to learn how to donate.
Please help me make this important film. Lives depend on it.
With loving gratitude,