Working to making Alcoholics Anonymous and 12 step Rehabs a Safer place
Author: Monica Richardson
Monica Richardson is a Filmmaker , actor, singer and business owner. She is known for her groundbreaking Documentary The 13th Step, available on AMAZON Prime Tubi and Vimeo, which exposes the dark underbelly of America's long time revered support groups- Alcoholics Anonymous . Five years of research and investigation brought many truths to light besides the murder of 40 year old Kristine Cass and her 13 year old daughter, Saundra Cass in Hawaii in August of 2010, by a violent offender ordered to AA by the courts and healthcare professionals.
This exposed that courts had been ordering sex and violent offenders to unregulated AA meetings. In addition, Richardson uncovered how all professionals in the USA were forced to not only attend AA for 5+ years, but were also forced to walk and talk (believe in the ideology) or they would not, fly, or practice nursing or medicine. Understanding that the extortion forced on these men and women had been a practice ( although unconstitutional ) for over five decades, Richardson, the pilots and nurses began to fight back. The FAA, The APA, The Board of Nursing and the PhP's for Doctors are all aware of this and offered no other alternatives to 12 step groups and its never updated Big Book. They offer only a 1930's religious unprofessional setting for these professionals - meaning ( unprofessional AA meetings ) . We called the HIMS program, the FAA and the APA - and they denied this, stating there were alternatives- we know this is not true.
In the summer of 2016 a whistle blower from the rehab industry and numerous pilots and nurses contacted Richardson to report extreme abuses ( kick backs, Body brokering and excessive unnecessary urine testing, in the rehab , sober living industry in Los Angeles, CA. Already people like Chris Bathum were arrested and featured and on shows like 20/20. But the local police were not yet aware that the Rehab Rivera scams, like the dark stories reported in Florida were now being investigated by The Orange County Register. Tony Saavedra and Teri Szora were reporting and printing stories no other newspaper dared to touch. Most (not all ) Rehabs and Sober Living are run and owned by AA members.
Richardson was a long time AA member who left AA after 36 years when a double murder occurred in Honolulu , Hawaii in 2010. Monica Richardson created the first Make AA Safer Workshops in Los Angeles (Culver City ) , California in April 2010. This workshop was followed by another workshop held in West Covina , CA at the 502 Club which reports of rampant sexual harassment towards new woman and also rape were reported. The Rapes were reported to the police . Arrests were made.
More workshops were held and the Area 05 AA community began to rumble with talk and discussions in that , sexually harassing any person in this community was not only in lack of taste , was a morally unethical and in some instances was a form a sexual exploitation in relationship to owners of Sober Living and was illegal if it were rape. Sex trafficking was also exposed when women were brought to Mexico and then were coerced to perform sexual acts in exchange for rent . Yet many AA officials in her local area used phrases like ' We have no opinion on outside issues" interestingly enough we all knew that this behavior - sometimes illegal, sometimes immoral was then heightened by the "metoo" movement when Film Producer Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, Bill O 'Reilly and Matt Lauer were pushed into the spotlight. The trial of Bill Cosby who was finally found guitly of drugging and rapping over 50 women.
Still AA, laid untouched it seemed. Or was it? Even though the Catholic Church was finally exposed over and over again- but then something did happen. In Ventura there was an AA rape trial . The Conviction was guilty as charged of 3 women raped - 3 women he met in AA. Next "Tonic Vice" reported on the rape in Palm Springs and Richardson was interviewed for the story in the fall of 2017.
Then in May of 2018 The OC Register, (The Orange Country Register) reported story on Rape in AA.
Finally a story pierced the veil of the seemingly untouchable Gold Goose called AA- "how dare you criticize this organization" we heard - "that's helped Millions of people" - it was almost as if AA was above the law- above the Church.
This is where we are at now. Richardson called NYC AA World Headquarters with a letter demanding that AA in NY contact the Pilots Union, The FAA, The Board of Nursing and the PHP's for Doctors- telling them they CAN NOT Compel a person to Join, attend or believe in a Philosophy such as 1930's religious AA by ANY employer! . Followed up with calls and demanded this topic be on the next board of directors meetings.
lastly--in December of 2018, after a petition was sent to New York's AA main World Headquarters they released a memo followed by a "YELLOW SAFETY CARD" to be read at meetings are creating Safety Workshops. Weak in it's wording - we felt... still... this is better then nothing .
If you have been harmed- a crime committed -please call the police - contact us- @firstname.lastname@example.org, call and write your local AA Delegate , your area chair, your GSR - and write to NY World Headquarters to complain and know you are not alone -thanks - Monica.
FACTS _ Sober Living homes are unregulated by the state . They do not even need a license to operate.
Rehabs in most states are unregulated and do not have to have a Doctor or Nurses on premises if they are called a NON Medical facility which most in California are. These are located in homes in residential neighborhoods.
Beware of glossy websites for rehabs. Research who works there- what are their degrees ( if they have any ) and stay away from rehabs who are affiliated with movie stars and owners who once were in prison and their only credential is that they are a " sober member of AA or NA.