Monica Richardson 13th Step Film 2017

Monica Richardson 13th step film

A few of you who ave followed this blog will remember me supporting Monica Richardson for making her film the 13th Step. Some of us met up at a preview show in London over a year ago. Since then the film has been cut down and been released on Amazon Prime where it will reach a world wide audience. This is an amazing achievement as when I first met Monica online she had never been involved in film making and was about to do a course on the subject. Making documentaries is hard work (I have worked on a few), so making something like this after experiencing problems in AA should be applauded. These issues are real and should not be swept under the carpet.

The 13th step film in London 2017.

International Filmmaker Festival of World cinema

Screening on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 PM. The Screening will take place at The Crown Plaza Hotel in Screening Room 1.

http://filmfestinternational.com/february-15th-room-1-london-iff-2017/

The last screening was great and a few of us who had met online on various recovery forums got together afterwards for a great chat. I hope to be there this time as well, and I hope to catch up with Monica while she is in the UK.

 

Safety In AA.

Monica has devoted a lot of time to speaking out about safety in AA meetings. Other’s such as the Journalist Gabrielle Glasser have questioned if AA is a safe place for women and there has been some media coverage on the subject as well.

AA was designed for low bottom middle aged drunks in the 1930’s and its religious traditions do not make it easy to update without protests from fanatical BigBook thumpers. This results in many issues being covered up or brushed aside as an outside issue. This looks like it could be changing and AA has published this PDF which talks about safety and responsibility in meetings. It should not surprise anyone that there are some criminals in AA or other 12 step groups, that goes with substance abuse. This can cause problems when they mix with the vulnerable people who make up another part of the recovery community. I hope this is the first step to stopping some of the unacceptable predatory type behaviour in AA.
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  1. I am so happy to know a woman has spoken about the sexual predators in AA. I came to AA when I was 22 years old. Being a young, vulnerable female I was taken advantage of many times by men and even women. I admit I was sick and still am at times today but when I’m in a mtg I’m there to help others not manipulate and add more pain to their lives.

    I ended up leaving AA because of I met more and more sick sober people in the rooms. What I mean by this is people with more sobriety than me but couldn’t hold jobs, couldn’t be in healthy relationships, told ME how to manage my life but could manage shit. Aka what we call hypocrites.

    I had women scream at me. I had men mock me and witnessed other people in AA publicly humiliated in meetings. I’ve seen people thrown out of meetings. I’ve had to see ex boyfriends in meetings and stare at their wedding rings while I was called on to share and humiliated to the point where I never want to go back.

    Ohhh and not to mention most the people in there say they believe in God and pray yet have some other sex, love, food addiction on the side that they’re not honest about but preach about honesty constantly.

    Seriously over it but I also can’t stay sober so what choice do I have

  2. I am so happy to know a woman has spoken about the sexual predators in AA. I came to AA when I was 22 years old. Being a young, vulnerable female I was taken advantage of many times by men and even women. I admit I was sick and still am at times today but when I’m in a mtg I’m there to help others not manipulate and add more pain to their lives.

    I ended up leaving AA because of I met more and more sick sober people in the rooms. What I mean by this is people with more sobriety than me but couldn’t hold jobs, couldn’t be in healthy relationships, told ME how to manage my life but could manage shit. Aka what we call hypocrites.

    I had women scream at me. I had men mock me and witnessed other people in AA publicly humiliated in meetings. I’ve seen people thrown out of meetings. I’ve had to see ex boyfriends in meetings and stare at their wedding rings while I was called on to share and humiliated to the point where I never want to go back.

    Ohhh and not to mention most the people in there say they believe in God and pray yet have some other sex, love, food addiction on the side that they’re not honest about but preach about honesty constantly.

    Seriously over it but I also can’t stay sober so what choice do I have

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