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Monday, September 5, 2016

LETTER SENT TO CELIA WILLIAMSON

Celia Williamson c/o
University of Toledo
Via Email

Salvation Army
Via Email

Re: CEASE AND DESIST NOTICE

Dear Ms. Williamson and Salvation Army:

When one walks into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, they find within that meeting people yes. But they also find a “Big Book” for sale on the literature table. A literature table which also contains the “Grapevine”, the AA newsletter for the membership at large. This newsletter contains stories from one member to another about how their recovery is going and thus is considered to be part of the 12th step of “outreach” to “help others”. It connects the individual beyond the meeting to the program as a “whole” which is also part of the First Tradition which states “Common welfare comes first – personal recovery DEPENDS upon AA unity”. In other words, recovery for the individual depends upon “unity”.

At this meeting, they’re also provided with “chips” or “key tags” or even “medallions” depending upon their length of “time”. The person who hands them this chip is often their “sponsor”. A person with more “time” in the program than them who often is coming from another meeting to give their sponsee this recognition. After this person gets a little “time” they’re asked to take a “service position”. This service position may be something like making coffee at the meeting, or they might be asked to take on a position at the area level of service, or even the region or world service legal depending upon the assignment, and their length of “time” in the program.

Many have reported it was the desire to “be of service” at some of these higher levels of the program, or fellowship, itself which have motivated them to not only stay sober, but to also work their steps, and to also be of service to helping others. While the meeting place holds a meeting, it’s the “area” level of service who works on getting referrals into that meeting so those needing help know where to find it. The “area” level of service does this by organizing “panels” which go out and speak at local treatment programs, jails, hospitals, and other places where the “still suffering alcoholic” might be found.

In other words, an AA meeting is more than just the “meeting” but it’s a whole “program”. Most of which isn’t even seen at the meeting level. Now I ask you, how successful would an alcoholic be at getting sober if they walked into something which they were told was an “AA meeting” which (1) had no Big Book anywhere to be found, (2) no chips given away, (3) no sponsors available, (4) no newsletter, (5) no other literature IP’s on the table such as “for the newcomer”, (6) no service positions available, and (7) had no activities to get involved in to “carry the message” such as answering the hotline, organizing “panels” at the local jails, hospitals, or H&I committee activities as they’re called, and most of all (8) had no way to reach the older members of the program with years and years of “sobriety” they could call upon when they needed help or hit a bump in the road?

Now take your eyes off the member for a minute, and put it onto the fellowship itself. Each 12 step program, whether AA, NA or the program I created, has a main world service office. That office handles things like the printing and sales of their book. With AA it’s the “Big Book” and in Narcotics Anonymous it's the “Basic Text”. The power of the book is clear when NA had 150 meetings in the world before the Basic Text was written. Yet one year after its release, it had 1500 meetings worldwide. The sales of the book can run into the millions of dollars. A book which is primarily sold at the meetings I should add.

I remember hearing that one year the NA Basic Text generated over 15 million dollars in sales. That money then pays for the office, and the “special service committees responsible directly to those they serve”. Because NA had generated $15 million dollars one year – they were able to send representatives over to India to help set up meetings there which expanded their program into an even wider base than would have been possible otherwise. I mean how many individual members of NA can just pick up and go to India for six months to help set up a structure there for Narcotics Anonymous in the Indian language and culture?

It’s also well known that since a 12 step program can’t “take outside donations” they aren’t going out for federal grants, nor do they, or can they, hold “fund raisers”, or “kickstarters” or even accept checks from people who “just want to help out”. No – their income at these main offices is limited to a few sources only. The first being the money generated from the sales of their literature. Not just their main book, but also the sale of their pamphlets, booklets, and key tags to the meetings who then in turn retail these materials at the meetings.

The second source is the “surplus” of money donated at the basket passed at each meeting. The meetings then pay for their coffee, rent, literature, etc., and then a “surplus” is usually found. From that “surplus” each group then donates a certain portion of that money to the world service level to help pay for the office, phones, staff, office supplies, and other tools needed to carry on the activities they do which provides a stable base for the program.

The third source is “fund raisers” which is not carried out by the world service level, but by the regions, areas, or even local meetings. Say for example, one area has been asked to donate literature to the local jail. The inmates don’t have that kind of money to buy the book, nor should individual members on the outside do this as “each group out to be self-supporting”. So they decide to hold a dance, or a cook-out, or even a “speakerthon” to raise money. The goal is to buy so many books for the inmates. If they raise money beyond that goal – the surplus is then donated to the main office. Who also has received money from the sale of the books bought for the inmates.

Now, Celia, I was not told by you back in 1993-94 that you were going to be running a meeting of Prostitutes Anonymous (as we were called then) as part of Second Chance. If you HAD – then I might have been able to tell you we were having some problems with that name, and with the DRAFT of the “Recovery Guide” we had been circulating for input back in 1991. See we had put together a DRAFT of our version of a “Recovery Guide” which we started sending out in 1991 for INPUT. The input we were getting back showed us we had some fatal flaws with our program which needed to be corrected, and revisions which needed to be done to our book “Sold Out”.

One of those corrections led to the change of our name to “Sex Workers Anonymous” in 1995 as I think you know. This did not mean however we dropped the use of the old name of “Prostitutes Anonymous” either. I’d spent many a year and literally $100’s of thousands of dollars, and lost many a job over the building of that “brand name” if you will understand it is, and was, that – a “brand”. We still had groups who were meeting using the name of “Prostitutes Anonymous” who had asked to keep that name after we made an official name change of the program as a whole. We granted them this – and thus we have maintained control, and use, of both names, since the beginning for this reason. Because we have groups who have been meeting since we first launched in 1987 – we still maintain control and use over the name of “Prostitutes Anonymous”.

Now we had chosen the name “Prostitutes Anonymous” at first in order to help women who had been arrested for the crime of “prostitution” to be able to attend our program as an alternative to incarceration. Which we had started getting those referrals from the courts starting back in 1987. So by 1993-94 we had built up quite a good reputation behind the name of “Prostitutes Anonymous”.

But we didn’t feel what we were achieving was “enough”. There were still problems with the quality of our members’ recovery. For this reason, we continued to work on tinkering with the program. Remember, we’d been the first program ever invented for this community, those forced and not forced, also accepted by us. Anyone, who for any reason, in any situation, who wanted help to leave any part of sex work, was coming to us through our hotline, through our PSA’s, through our outreach. Meaning we were taking calls from “sex trafficking victims” back when they were still called “forced”. It was our work in fact that led to the federal recognition of this still being a problem in modern society, and which then led to the very coining of the term “sex trafficking victim”. In fact, it was our program which brought onto TV the first “survivors of sex trafficking” to even get recognition by the public this was real.

Now because we found out there was some “fatal flaws” in our concept, in our literature, and in the way we had originally set the program up, we therefore not only changed our name to “Sex Workers Anonymous” to be sure to encompass any part of the sex industry, and not just those in prostitution, but also to ensure that the men, transgenders, and the LGBT community, also knew our program was not just “for women only”. In fact, after having been quite successful with PIMPS – that’s one reason the fellowship voted to change our name to make sure anyone from ANY part of sex work was included.

Now when someone sets up a legitimate meeting of ours, they send in a meeting registration form. When they do this, they get a set of our written materials. Which include our “Recovery Guide”, along with our meeting format (which took us five years to develop the right format by the way), chips to recognize time, a copy of our service manual, along with copies of some old newsletters, and a phone list of other members with substantial “recovery”. On top of the materials, their address is set up to receive our monthly newsletter. A newsletter for which we encourage them to send in submissions from them, and the others attending this meeting. You have sent us in no such registration form.

By doing this, the person who then comes to this meeting then gets their “welcome chip” for one. A chip which has our 24/7 hotline phone number on it. It’s made into the form of a key tag and we encourage new members to keep it on their key ring. That way they can always find it when they’re having a “bad day”. We get a lot of calls from those key tags by the way during their first year.

The new members also then get our “phone list”. That’s phone numbers of older members with substantial time that I’ve checked out to make sure they’re “safe” and “legit”. We wouldn’t want to risk any “under cover madams” to be trying to get their name on that list now would we? The reason for this phone list is simple – if they don’t like me, or they don’t like the chair of the meeting, they can call other people until they find someone they do “click” with who can help guide them through their steps.

Our members move a lot. Very rarely do they stay in the same town, the same job, the same house, etc. The reason for this is many of our members also suffer from ADHD, even as adults, as well as dyslexia. Something for which we’ve had to factor that into our step working process in order to make sure they can get through the process completely. In other words, we know this program can’t be imparted from just a book because of these learning disabilities most alcoholics don’t suffer from. So another reason we include the phone number list is so they can not only get help when they need it, but also in case they move away from the meeting they can find help wherever they’re at. This way even if they move – they’re still connected to our program as a whole.

Bill didn’t go out and create Alcoholics Anonymous overnight. In fact, he’d tried to “help other alcoholics” for some time on his own and failed miserably. It wasn’t until he realized he needed to go out and “help himself by helping another” he in fact went seeking a drunk to talk to for his own sobriety. That first person was Dr. Bob. Then four months later, Bill took Dr. Bob with him to the alcoholic ward ran by Dr. Silkwood. THAT’S when AA was created – helping yourself by helping others.

In other words, the process doesn’t work UNTIL you’re out doing “outreach”. Which is not done at a meeting. A meeting is where you “share the message” of the “spiritual awakening you’ve had as a result of these steps”. However, “outreach” to find people to come to these meetings is done at the “area” level of service. This is usually a monthly meeting that each 12 step group’s area has where they plan out how they’re going to do their outreach.

It’s at these “area” meetings, where many of the newcomers first even hear of the “traditions”. Which is a vital part of the 12 step program. While the Steps help you address your disease, the Traditions are to teach one how to interact with the world. In fact, NA says the “steps are suggested” but the “traditions are not negotiable”. So some programs like NA feel the traditions are even more important to respect and use than the steps. But since the traditions are how one interacts with the outside world, and outreach is about “going out into the world”, again these area meetings are often where the person encounters discussion of the Traditions for the first time.

Now since the fellowship itself is run through a “group conscience” process – in order to run the fellowship at large using this process, the main world level office will send out things they want voted upon. Such as when we did our name change in 1995 to “Sex Workers Anonymous”. A memo was sent out to each meeting of our program asking them if they wanted to keep our old name, or adopt a new one. Reasons were given on both sides of the issue. Groups were asked to have a meeting about it, discuss it, and then get back to us with a vote. We had a unanimous vote to change our name.

So Celia if you were running a meeting of “Prostitutes Anonymous” in 1994 through the “Second Chance” program you created – there’s quite a few problems here that posed for us. For one thing, if there was a meeting going at that time which we did not include in our group conscience – it means that we were deprived on an accurate vote as to our name change if they were excluded from the process. It also means they were excluded from a lot of things that comprise a program.

I didn’t find out about this in 1994 because you weren’t telling me anything about it, nor was the internet at a stage where I could even find out you did this. You used our name to get a grant approved which profited you personally. We received none of that grant money you raised. Nor did we get any of the money from the basket being passed, nor from the literature we should have been able to sell to each person attending that meeting. We also didn’t get to sell chips, nor copies of literature, nor subscriptions to our newsletter. The members at this meeting also didn’t get our phone list either of older members they could call for support. In fact, what you did by starting that meeting cut off from us was you also cut them off from any part of the program other than what – a meeting once a week? Run by who? Also, we were not a 501c3 back then. Meaning for every sale I made – I am responsible for the sales tax. So if you were blocking sales at this meeting – you were also cheating Uncle Sam Celia.

Back prior to 1994, we had officially registered meetings in Ohio. In fact, we had one in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Toledo. Not a one of them told me anything about a meeting in connection with Second Chance. But they did tell me they started getting harassed, and that referrals to their groups had stopped in 1994. Coincidence? Now back then, I had no idea it might have been connected to what you were doing because you WEREN’T TELLING ME what you were doing. After getting a taste of how you’re treating me now you consider me a “competitor” – now I’m sure those meetings were driven out by something to do with your hand. They were fine before you started this whole Second Chance thing.

I had started getting more and more complaints in about “faux” meetings. In fact, some of them were quite angry complaints. It had reached a point where I was getting people I’d never spoken to, had no idea who they were, calling me up ripping my face off for the “horrible meeting they’d just sat through” and completely tearing into me about “how awful it was” Only when I’d asked them where they’d heard such lies about what we stood for, lies about what our program was about, lies about how it worked, etc. they were telling me about meetings that I wasn’t showing on our official registration.

I’d then ask them “do you have our book?” They’d go “what book?” I asked “did you have our phone list?” and I’d hear “what phone list?” As I asked these people more about these awful meetings they’d gone to that I was now getting the blame for – I realized I had no idea what they were talking about.

These insults and attacks weren’t just coming from “members” either. I started getting phone calls from social workers, counselors, health workers, etc., also reporting to me they’d “just gone to some three ring circus” which they were told was a “Prostitutes Anonymous” meeting. When I would ask them where this meeting was of ours they’d supposedly witnessed being that we don’t allow in outsiders to witness our official meetings – I was also hearing about meetings which I had no registration for.

So I started going online trying to find out where more of these “faux” meetings were being held. Only to find a piece of your grant application for “Second Chance” stating you were going to be using our “Prostitutes Anonymous” meetings as part of this program. Strange. In all the times I’ve been talking to you over the years – you’d not said one word to me about this meeting. I’d never received a meeting registration from you. I never got a book order request. I never received the portion of the basket passed to cover our expenses here at the main office either. I had no address of anyone to send our announcements or newsletter to either. I don’t even know who is leading these meetings.

Without any of our program, how could it possibly work? Which when I went to you about this – that’s exactly what you flipped off at me. You said “oh it didn’t work” and then said you had “dropped it years ago”. So basically you screwed up my brand, and then when it didn’t work for you because you didn’t do it right, or even with my knowledge, you then thought it was “okay” because you and “dropped it”. If that was where it was left – I was willing to walk away.

However, I came across this tape of you today on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jonnf_M3ho On this TedX talk, you’re boasting quite loudly about “Second Chance” being the “first program in Ohio” to work with prostituted girls and trafficking victims”. Only I’m not hearing any part of the discussion about “Prostitutes Anonymous” in this talk. I’m sorry but the “first program in Ohio” to address this issue was PROSTITUTES ANONYMOUS. By the time you had started “Second Chance” I had THREE MEETINGS IN OHIO which had been meeting for years. Now what I am hearing is you boasting about how “great” it all worked pretty much in Second Chance. But even so, PA was a part of this “Second Chance”, which then means we were an integral part of something that “worked”. Meaning it either did “work” as you claimed to me it had not - or were you lying about its success at the TedX talk? So which is it Celia?

What’s more is I came across an article in the “Cleveland Scene” a few months ago about a woman named “Summer” who supposedly has STARTED a “Prostitutes Anonymous” program in Cleveland. I’ve tried reaching out to the reporter who wrote it, and every person quoted in this article, to try and find out what’s going on with this because I have no meeting registration for a chapter in Cleveland any longer. Not a one of them will return my calls even though this clearly concerns me. I do have what’s called a “common law trademark” Celia. Meaning I’ve been operating this business under the name of “Prostitutes Anonymous” since 1987. In fact, I registered it as a nonprofit corporation in 1989 under that exact name. I’ve got published articles quoting me as founding the program dating back to 1987.

But as I started digging trying to find out what’s going on with this article, I then start hearing that you did NOT drop “Second Chance” but that it’s still operating and STILL using our 12 step name. Name only because it’s sure not our program. If it was our “program” then I’d have again received a meeting registration form, and we’ve be having two-way communication each month with the chairperson of this meeting, as well as I’d be getting book and product orders.

Which I’m not.

So maybe I do need to start filing a lawsuit. I thought you’d stick to your side of the street after your stunt with the online course you started offering people. But that’s not what I’m hearing. What I’m hearing is someone who feels guilty trying to make sure her lies aren’t discovered, and if discovered, they won’t be believed. Only I have all the documentation I need to prove my case here. I’ve saved every email, every letter, and recordings of every call you and I have had since day one Celia.

So let’s be very clear here. If you ARE speaking about the “Second Chance” that you created in the 1990’s that DID INCLUDE our program without us receiving any credit or recognition for this, then it needs to stop now. If you are using our name, our program, our literature, or anything that’s my intellectual property that I created – it needs to stop now. You see I have the approval of AA in writing to have adapted their steps to a 12 step program for prostitutes. So it’s not just me who is being violated here by these actions of yours.

Now unless you’ve written off to AA and received the same consent that I have, which they wouldn’t have given you in the name of Prostitutes Anonymous nor Sex Workers Anonymous nor Sexual Exploitation Anonymous because they’ve given it to me prior in writing to do so, and would have advised you those names were in fact “taken” – this means without my consent, you then are in violation of THEIR consent if you haven’t obtained it from them first.

So no I can’t just go out and file suit against you without first checking with their lawyers to see if they want to join in also since you’ve also violated their trademarks, copyrights, and intellectual property of which the 12 steps as a process does belong to AA. Since I had thought you had basically just dropped the whole thing years ago – I saw no need to do this.

But after seeing your Ted talk in 2012 – you clearly have lied to me once again. So therefore, I want to be very clear that as of today’s letter to you, you are to “cease and desist” from all activities which have any relation to the name, concept, and intellectual property of “Prostitutes Anonymous”. I have been gathering up information to see whether or not I wanted to sue you individually, or as a group along with others who have done the same thing to me over the years such as Dominique Roe-Sepowitz.

I’ve also been trying to get together the evidence needed to gauge damages. Which if you listen to just one of the witnesses as to what’s happened to us before you stuck your fingers into this vs. after – the damages are quite substantial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_TD_X3uOiA

What you’ll need to do now Celia is to see if you need to retain an attorney of your own, or if the University will stand behind you, because I’m going to now need the name of an attorney with who I can then file the complaint I’m preparing against you. It’s one thing to have you drop this and my name out of your mouth. It’s another to have you walking over my dead body to try and advance your career – with no regard to how many men and women you’re depriving of the recovery they need. People whose lives depend upon finding our program that WORKS which they aren’t if you’re going to keep up this charade what you’re doing has any connection or semblance of being us even.

So you’re hereby demanded to “cease and desist” of all use of our name, or anything connected to the use of our name, which includes “Second Chance” since you made our program part of that. I also need to know the name of your attorney, or the university’s attorney, within the next 30 days. I’m working on a report right now for our new president which has me tied up for the next 30 days. That should be plenty of time for you to determine who your lawyer is going to be in order to represent you for copyright violation, defamation, and tortuous economic interference charges.

Have a nice day.

Jody Williams
Sex Workers Anonymous aka Prostitutes Anonymous
www.prostitutesanonymous.com
(702) 488-1127 Telephone

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