Important Article by Gabrielle Glaser about Twelve Steps to Danger: How Alcoholics Anonymous Can Be a Playground for Violence-Prone Members
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This is an older but VERY Important STORY. Please listen to this podcast of Barry Hazle and John Heller his attorney. AMAZING story. Hazle VS B Crow Foote
- He complained to the counselors there.
- Then went over his head and complained to the program director
- Grieved through his parole officer
- asked what did he have to do to have his rights respected
- He was told to do a 602- a form for inmate grievances and attach a piece a paper with all his issues. His 602 was denied. Told he had to go back to prison.
- Understanding our 1st Amendment is key
- Found all the cases he could find that showed violations of 1 st amendment cases and treatment.
- He wrote down everything he could remember from start to finish. He feels it was key to winning the lawsuit. Documenting everything.
- The best thing that represents the problems he had with AA, is that they had issued you a Big Book ( WestCare – in Redding )
- They told him its spiritual not religious! Barry said “they mean the same damn thing “
- West Care get $4,000-$5,000 an inmate .
- The Establishment clause protects all people from any religious persuasion.
- Is there some type of state action involved? The State was requiring him to go . John Heller , attorney said.
- Is he compelled? Yes – the element to participate was present. That’s what the establishment clause protects us from.
- HAZELTON is a huge publishing huge arm for pushing AA literature.
- They went to trial in Sacramento in 2010. West Care was in the lawsuit. They only contracted with 12 step programs.
- They went to the next trial in the higher court. That Barry Was entitled to some sort of settlement.
- In discovery -They did hear from WEST CARE that 12 step was not religious. Not true. But they kept saying this.
- Chapter 4 in the Big Book The Agnostics.
- West Care is a non profit.
Actor Nelsan Ellis, who portrayed Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood,” died from heart complications on Saturday, and now his family wants everyone to know why.
Ellis’ manager Emily Gerson Saines shared with The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that his death came as a result of his attempt to quit alcohol.
I am so sorry to hear this news. They are saying he went to rehab many times and it failed him. Of course it did. True Blood has a stepper as one of its stars, a writer and I beleive one of the creators is a stepper. So can you imagine how they must have circled him and pushed him to their Failing rehabs like Betty Ford or Hazelton or where Mad Mens Star went.
My condolences to the family . SAD — so sad – must stop AA in Hollywood pushing AA horshit from 1935 .
Hi everyone. I will be taking a badly needed break from blogging and FACEBOOK social media for a couple of months. I need to focus on a project I am working on that will continue to expose AA, but will include exposing criminal activity in Rehab, Sober Living and extortion of Pilots, Nurses and Doctors. I need to focus . I also need a vacation !!! LOL
I’m also tired – not physically – but I do see how big this AA beast is in our culture – courts- mental health and Entertainment. Its just not right, whats going on.
If you have been harmed please bring a friend/family member and go to the police. Make Written complaints and call NY GSO. Write to your congressman and or local politician or reporter about how you were harmed by AA.
Fee free to Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you when I resume blogging unless you have been harmed criminally or your civil rights have been broken please feel free to write to me.
If Crimes and Fraud are committed with Sober Living and Rehab – Please write your story and situation down and go to the FBI or JUSTICE Department. They already know the deal with these two hatter AA members . They have taken down 3 huge rings already in California, Florida and New Jersey .
PLEASE JOIN MONICA RICHARDSON IN RICHMOND VA this Friday for a Screening of her Ground Breaking Documentary The 13th Step. http://rvafilmfestival.com/event/the-13th-step/#tve_flt Q & A to follow with Director.
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We are excited to be in London and showing The 13th Step. Monica Richardson will be there to answer any Questions after and meet & greet with any friends who want to meet her. PLease invite any professionals- Doctors, Lawyers, Journalists etc.
RT 52 min.
Starring Gabrielle Glaser, Dr Lance Dodes, Tom Horvath, Dr Marc Kern, Dr Adi Jaffe, Dr Barkhoudariun, Monica Richardson, Ken Anderson, Steven Slate, Stanton Peele, Claudia Christian ( One Little Pill )
International Filmmaker Festival of World cinema http://filmfestinternational.com/london/
Screening on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 PM. The Screening will take place at The Crown Plaza Hotel Docklands in Screening Room 1.
This is a tragic story, yet all over the country this is occurring. This is one mans story.
It’s never easy to leave an organization you called a second home. To say goodbye to your friends and everything I knew is rather difficult. But on the 10th of July of this year, I made the bold statement of walking out the door and never looking back. The question is why?
Dispite what many will tell you about Alcoholics Anonymous, the organization in and of itself is in fact a philosophy religious in nature. As a matter of fact and public record, many courts across this country have indeed deemed it to be a religion in and of itself. While it has been a longstanding tradition and legal precedent to sentence those afflicted with alcoholism to Alcoholics Anonymous, many who do not fall within the DSM definition of Alcohol Dependency use the patented “I’m an alcoholic” defense to avoid harsher sentencing for crimes they comitt.
The man who raped me was one of those men.
(While I will not use his actual name in an effort to not give him any more attention, I will merely use the pronouns “he” “him” and “his” when discussing his crimes.)
In 2009, he was facing charges of agratived sexual battery. Facing a rather lengthy sentence, his lawyer summised that given the fact that he had been drunk while comitting this crime, he not only previously stated that he had not had issues with alcohol dependency in the past, he managed to avoid 5 years in jail by going along with the “I have a problem” and hence was sentenced to 3 years of probation, 3 years of mandated attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and 3500 hours of sexual addicition counseling.
When I sobered up in 2011, I had relocated to Washington DC in an effort to sober up. Having previously attended meetings in New York City, I was convinced that maybe a geographic wouldn’t be such a bad idea. After contacting the AA hotline in Washingston DC, I was directed to go to a meeting called Midtown, which was very similiar to the meeting I attended in New York. It was there that I met the man who, three weeks into my sobriety would alter the course of my life.
At first, he seemed rather harmless and quite the man about “AA campus”, who seemed to know everyone. And given that I was in desperate need of guidance, I found it helpful that he had relapsed often but was sure that he found vital and permanent sobriety in AA. But there were signs that something was rather off about him.
For instance, one time he exposed his genitals to me while urinating in a soda can. Considering I was from New York, at first it didn’t seem that bizarre. Looking back in hindsight, the fact that he informed me that he enjoyed getting punched in the head while engaging in unprotected sex should have been a big warning sign. But again, I gave him a pass after realizing that as I was told at Midtown, “Questioning your sponsor is a sure fire sign of wanting to relapse” and considering I wanted to stay sober, I did what was asked.
On November the 6th of 2011 would be the day that would change my life forever. I was completing what those in the AA program call a 4th step, which is a step geared towards allowing a person to see fault in his own behaviour towards others. Considering I didn’t have a place to stay that night, he allowed me to stay with him which I found a little odd but I went with him knowing that he had a roommate.
The following day, I woke up and discovered that I was not only bleeding but bleeding from anus which never happened before. While he did take me to the hospital, he started to tell me that if I told anyone what happened that no one would believe a white trash hooker like me.
Upon arriving at the hospital, I not only needed stitches to repair what he had done, I surpressed the anger that was emerging and began to deny the inevitable:
That this man who was supposed to be a safe person in AA had raped me.
After the hospital visit, things began to change very differently for the both of us. I became paranoid and scared (I would soon start shaking uncontrollably) and after two more months, finally broke free of this guy after he told me that if I told anyone what he did that he’d find me and slit my throat. He, until a few months ago, began an aggravated harassment campaign that eventually stopped after I went to the Federal Court building in Manhattan to a restraining order (he is currently incarcerated in a Federal prison for drug related charges hence the reason why I filed the restraining order in Federal Court)
Now you would find your thinking, well if he is in jail why not continue going to AA?
I did attend meetings after that but, considering what happened and what came after (3 years of panic attacks, shaking uncontrollably (which I don’t do today thank God) and 190 emails from him telling me that he is gonna slit my throat, kill me, and informimg me that I am a white trash faggot who will never have a loving family or friends)), I have discovered that I am not the only one who has suffered from this type of abuse but a mulitude of others as well.
For many many years, I prayed to have God remove my shaking and my panic attacks as I was told to do by a man who was my third and final sponsor) and after continuing to have suffered from them, on the 10th of July of this year, I not only walked away from AA but from that day forward, i haven’t experienced any panic attacks at all.
I left because I needed to finally learn how to live. When one spends nearly 4 years being traumized, I realized that the only thing AA taught me how to do well is to be an obident member of the flock.
I wanted more out of my life!
So today, I get to do just that, LIVE. Live without having to watch my back all the time but most importantly finally do what I couldn’t for years out of hiding a secret,
Well- it’s here— now– finally after four years of work. We won some awards, got into The Cannes Festival in the DOCUMENTARY CORNER, and fought hard to get Broadcast distribution. I get emails from around the US and the world daily about the problems in AA.
BUY IT HERE. CLICK ON THE BLUE THE 13th Step on top Left !
The film that tells the truth about the most revered self-help group on the planet. AA- ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, promoted as the wonder of this century by ROCKEFELLER, NEUT GINGRICH, DICK VAN DYKE, ELTON JOHN, EDIE FALCO, Senator Hughes, Chuck Lorre, Martin Sheen and many more.
Little did I know how deep the rabbit hole went when I started making the film in May of 2011. It was Christine and Saundra Cass’s murder in Hawaii that did it for me. Learning about Karla Brada’s murder put the nails in the coffin as well.
But when I learned about how Pilots, Nurses, and Doctors are extorted to attend in such an insane way …I could not believe my ears or eyes as I read their contracts. This could be another whole film on CNN , FRONTLINE or 60 Minutes – but I digress.
The latest News about Corrupt Sober Living Houses, (Chris Bathum featured on ABC 20/20 recently) fraud in Rehabs and how PROP 36 sends all the diversion folks to a SOBER LIVING, drug tests all clients and makes everyone follow the 1936 -12 step Prohibition WAYS of NO ALCOHOL , “no nothing” kinda mentality. YIKES !!!
Interesting note that Major Insurance is paying for The Sober Living sham, through a thing called IOP’s and expensive Drug Testing. Who owns the drug testing COMPANY you may ask? I find myself digging, again, down another rabbit hole. But, that’s another film. There is one pilot who I interviewed in this film. He was afraid to be seen.
Here is the link to rent or buy the film.