The 13th Step | The Film
From the film’s website the13thstepfilm.com ,
“The 13th Step is an explosive new documentary film by Monica Richardson that exposes the criminal and sexually predatory behavior that occurs systematically within Alcoholics Anonymous”.
This may be a difficult film for someone who loves A.A. as I do to watch, which is exactly why we should watch it. I’ve heard of 13th stepping ever since I’ve been in A.A. For those of you who may not be familiar with A.A. jargon, one who is working the 13th step is sexually taking advantage of a newcomer. It is typically an older man taking advantage of a younger woman at a very vulnerable time in her life.
Whenever I’ve heard the term “13th Step”, it usually is in some humorous context, but let’s be clear there is nothing funny about this and it’s a real problem that needs to be addressed by every A.A. group. Now, I should add that for the past 26 years, prior to starting the We Agnostics Group in Kansas City, I have been attending a men’s A.A. meeting so this isn’t something with which I have any direct experience, and I don’t know what other A.A. groups are doing to address safety issues.
We Agnostics is a very new group and we have not yet had a group conscience or business meeting to discuss these things. There just aren’t many of us at this time. However, our meeting is in a safe location, held inside the church in the main building and there are always other people in the church. The parking lot is well lit and we are located in a safe neighborhood. When we do hold our first group conscience or business meeting, the safety of everyone in the group will be among the first topics that we address