THE 13TH STEP : THE FILM
WHY AM I MAKING THIS FILM?
I discovered that violent criminals and sex offenders are being court ordered into AA meetings, unknown to the public and AA members. As a result, innocent people looking for help are being sexually harassed, financially scammed, raped and murdered.
I learned that it was unconstitutional to sentence people who get a DUI ticket to a religious, unsupervised, lay persons support group that has already been deemed '"highly religious" in 25 states.
AA groups are reading/studying literature from 1935 as a guideline for alcohol/drug over use. They don’t know that there are many other safer, free options.
Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Drug Treatment Program? If it is, then it would be regulated by the state, but it's not. Why not?
Is Alcoholics Anonymous a religion? If so, then my government cannot send me there for treatment. So why do they?
I was in AA for 36 years. I tried to change the system from the inside, but I was threatened and my words fell on deaf ears.
So I left.
My Message Has Already Started To Spread: Even Katie Couric Has Listened:
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Richardson On Katie Couric
As a teen, I was preyed upon by older AA members, but I survived. Many less fortunate than I live in silent shame and some commit suicide. They have no idea there are other choices. AA's philosophy can be harmful to some very sensitive, vulnerable types of people.
By the time I was 22, I had been a Public Information Chair for AA in Hawaii, an Area Chair, a DCM (District Committee Member) for Honolulu. A sponsor, a secretary, a treasurer, a coffee maker, you name it, many times over throughout the years.
In my final years in AA, I was a General Service Rep in Los Angeles, CA.
I am the founder of the grass Roots Movement in California to Make AA Safer. I created and collaborated on literature with a small group of woman and we hosted the first Make AA Safer Workshop in Culver City, CA in April of 2010. I wanted to help AA, make it relevant and safer for all. The AA service structure is broken and I set out to help change it. But, instead of being met with open-arms we received threats because of the work we were doing to expose sexual predators in the meetings. However, our work did get one rapist arrested and taken out of meetings where he was harassing new-comers on a daily basis. But when I heard about Saundra and Kristine Cass's murder I felt the need to warn the public and the AA community. I cannot sit idly while more people become victims of the system.
What, if at your weakest moment, at your most vulnerable age in life, those that are supposed to help you are preying on you?
Is it normal for 50-year-old men to attend meetings with 17 year- olds girls and be their confidants?
Is it okay that criminals are taught to accept that they are not responsible for their own actions?
This is a story that needs to be told now, before another child or young adult is made a victim.
Victim of murder by a man she met in an AA meeting.
A life taken so young - Karla Brada
About The Film:
This feature length documentary film is about the criminal and sexually predatory behavior that occurs systemically in Alcoholics Anonymous. We will address the rampant 13 stepping going on by old-timers to new vulnerable members.
This behavior goes unchecked by A.A.’s world headquarters, despite repeated warnings from respected board members and longtime members. This behavior is exacerbated by the systematic sentencing of criminals and sex offenders to AA meetings without the knowledge of the other AA members.
I have been making this film since May of 2011, investing my own money, time and equipment. During that time I traveled across the country interviewing victims and former AA board members.
Kristine and Saundra Cass
Murdered August 2010 by Clayborne Conley who was court ordered into AA.
Do you have a story to share?
I have been blessed to be given the trust of so many people. I have already interviewed several dozen women and men who were harassed, raped and sexually assaulted by fellow members of Alcoholics Anonymous.
With extensive research, I have managed to document the stories of children being molested by AA members. I have also traveled across the country and interviewed the surviving family members of AA members who were murdered by violent ex-felons.
The criminal activity is well known in Alcoholics Anonymous.
AA has been the foundation of alcohol treatment in this country since its inception in 1935.
It has become a place where older members act as sexual predators, scouring the room for new victims aka, “13stepping”, among its “secret” type culture of “we are anonymous”. Thousands are harmed and forced to live in shame, too afraid to tell their story.
Young Victim TJ
TJ sought refuge but instead 13 Stepping resulted in his murder.
THERE IS HOPE!
AA HAS SAVED MANY, BUT LIKE ALL GOOD THINGS IT MUST KEEP UP WITH NEW DEVELOPMENT IN SCIENCE BASED RECOVERY.
AA simply needs to keep up with the times. There needs to be "Safety Policies and Procedures". The judicial system must get involved and understand what is occurring behind closed doors.
There needs to be transparency and education in an organization that has been given so much power and free promotion. And, I believe that other options run by trained facilitators, counselors, psychologists and members of the medical profession should be given more validity. The system is broken and we need to fix it.
HOW THE MONEY WILL BE USED:
Of course, our goal is to raise the minimum amount of money we need to proceed with production, but more than that, to help us to go further in completing the film. If we exceed our goal, we will use the additional funds for additional weeks filming and editing. We have already filmed many interviews. There is a plan for shooting at least 50 more interviews. The money raised will be used to hire professional cinematographers and sound people and their crews, an editor, a producer and assistants, hard drives, archival footage, music, sound, and to cover travel and legal expenses. We also plan to raise additional funds from private investors and foundation grants.
You can also view our website here:
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Young Monica in Colorado
The Goal: If we hit our goal we will be able to make serious social change in the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation and help launch this film into the mainstream. It will also ensure that millions of at risk youth and parents hear about the cover-ups occurring so that innocent victims will not be put in harm’s way .
We want to start a dialogue for change with the judicial system and ensure there are separate meetings for those court ordered to attend AA.
All of the proceeds from this Kickstarter campaign will go directly to completing production and starting post production.
YOU CAN CHANGE HOW ALCOHOL & Drug Over-Use IS VIEWED AND SAVE A LIFE!
I have a team of people wanting to help ...already helping...Some are already very talented Hollywood professionals; Kevin, my husband who has given me his unrelenting support; Jay Silverman, who dIrected and produced the interview of me with his Red Camera. He gave his time and talent, his studio and service as a donation to my project; Hank Linderman, a top Hollywood engineer/musician, engineered and edited my last album "Record Store", soon to be on iTunes and on CD Baby. (Some of my music will be in my film). He has worked with THE EAGLES and AMERICA and many more talented musicians. Christopher Ross donated his time making my logo and creating the look on this photo (www.dezyn.com). He has worked on Iron Man, A.I., and Minority Report. Annette Lilly helped me shoot some of the earliest footage and helped me with overall production in 2011. The song playing is by Paul Cardall, "Faithful' is the title.
IS AA A CULT?
But, Seriously Why Give To Us?
This is not just a documentary, but the chance to save a life, be part of more modern saner solutions and change how people view alcohol and drug overuse problems. Many innocent women, men and teens are court ordered to AA and have no idea that its been deemed highly religious and that there are dangerous felons forced to attend those same meetings. Jail or AA. Which would you choose?
Anything you can give we are grateful for. Thank you!