September 2013: 13 Stepping

One way that my home group decided we can help when certain members target newer members is to establish a newcomer committee—a mix of men and women who offer fellowship during the break, rides to meetings and information about the program. When we help newcomers into the middle of the boat, they are less likely to fall into perilous waters! Sponsorship can be a key tool. He or she can help the newcomer learn to set appropriate boundaries and identify unacceptable behavior.

Some may question taking a direct approach to stop predatory behavior, citing Tradition Three: “The only...

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