On Fri, Jun 7 2013 - Sun, Jun 9 2013 Alcoholics Anonymous GSO held the Northeast Regional Forum (NERF) in Cromwell, Connecticut AA General Service Area 11 (http://www.ct-aa.org/NewsEvents/NERF/tabid/191/language/en-US/Default.aspx). At that meeting they held a workshop called “Safety in AA- Our Common Welfare” in which it was confirmed that the safety of the group comes before the individual, even if it is a 13 year old girl being stalked by an older member as portrayed in the 2013 AA Grapevine article "Unacceptable" where the stalking was covered up instead of reported to the police or the girls parents (see "AA Grapevine Audio - Evidence of a felony http://orange-papers.org/forum/node/3913).
So how was the NERF “Safety in AA- Our Common Welfare” seen by the AA members who attended? Here is one example how the Suffolk County, NY AA General Service Office saw it. Please note emphasis is mine, but they could care less if a 13 year old girl is being stalked in AA, protect the group, not the 13 year old.
When I first heard the topic “Safety in AA- Our Common Welfare” I have to admit I was a little skeptical about the topic. I really didn’t have a clue how the presenter was going to bring it up and how it was going to be received. Yet, it was by far the best presentation I have heard in a long time. They really elaborated on Tradition 1 and gave great examples of how we can insure the needs of the group come before the needs of an individual. It seems that the General Service Office (GSO) has been getting a lot of questions on this particular topic and feels the need to address it. They urged us to continue to talk about the issue and find solutions in our own areas, counties, districts and homegroups.
You can contact the Suffolk County, NY AA General Service Office for comment at:http://aasuffolkgs-ny.org/blog/contacts/