It’s whispered about amongst members but it never seems to be addressed directly which could be attributed to the reliance on group conscience as a guiding hand, and if the issue isn’t discussed, it isn’t addressed.
As a response to this issue, and it’s relationship to AA meeting rooms I think it is essential that we start talking about predatory behaviour more openly amongst ourselves as members of AA.
All sections of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well as many political, economic, social, and religious backgrounds. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful.
Tradition Three states that “the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop drinking” which reminds us that membership is open to everyone, regardless of their gender, belief, sexual identity, association, political leaning, or their past.
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We would engage in small talk on occasion and one day he invited me out to have coffee with him in a park nearby.