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Thursday, February 16, 2017

ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST CELIA WILLIAMSON OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO & SECOND CHANCE

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From: LEAVING THE LIFE <msjodywilliams@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 5:39 AM
Subject: ETHICS COMPLAINT
To: "matt.lampke@ethics.ohio.gov" <matt.lampke@ethics.ohio.gov>, julie.korte@ethics.ohio.gov, paul.nick@ethics.ohio.gov, jon.brown@ethics.ohio.gov
Cc: traffickingconference@gmail.com, celia.williamson@utoledo.edu, celiawilliamson@outlook.com, rocketresponse@utoledo.edu


Dear Sirs:

I've just learned I can file a complaint against a university professor for ethics violations in Ohio.  I understand you're the agency to do this with?  

Is that correct?  If so, can you direct me to any forms I might need or contacts in order to file an ethics complaint against Celia Williamson at the University of Toledo please?

Just to give you a thumbnail of the issue - I created a hotline and program in 1987 called at the time "Prostitutes Anonymous".  It was designed, and was, the first ever program in this country which considered that prostitutes could in fact be "victims" instead of "criminals", and thus deserved not to be incarcerated, but instead needed to be receiving treatment through our program using peers much like how Alcoholics Anonymous works.

Since there had never been a program of it's kind, we had no manual, or guideline, to go with as far as "recovery" went, let alone what the "problem" might even be.  After spending over $400,000 of my own money, and having interviewed literally over 20,000 plus ex-sex workers all over the world at my own expense, and on my own time - I put together a draft of our version of a "Big Book" which we called our "Recovery Guide".  It also took us that many years to develop a format which worked for us and took what had been an almost 99% failure/mortality rate community, and start cranking out some recovery.  

In 1992, I took this draft I had put together and shopped it around to these over 20,000 members to finish the book using the same style the Narcotics Anonymous "Basic Text" put their recovery book together using a "group conscience" or "group writing" style.  The finished version I copyrighted in 1992.  

By 1992, I had set up and ran the first ever successful alternative sentencing, diversion and early re-entry program in Los Angeles for prostitutes in 1987.  By 1988 it was so effective I was asked to duplicate it in Allentown, PA.  This program was so highly effective at both of these cities, by 1991 I was asked to help develop this in Phoenix, Arizona.  

By 1992, I had three chapters of "Prostitutes Anonymous" running in Ohio.  One in Toledo, the other in Cleveland, and the third in Cincinnati.  These groups were buying our "Recovery Guides", our keytags, literature, and sending in group donations to our World Service Office where I was also running our main hotline and world services.  

In 1994, it was like someone had pulled a plug on it.  I had no idea what on earth happened.  The book sales, donations, letters, calls, etc., all dropped off almost completely overnight from the Ohio area.  I had no idea what was behind it.  It was not until the internet was born, and I got good enough at research to learn a woman named Celia Williamson, a professor at the University of Toledo, had taken my draft of our "Recovery Guide" in it's unfinished, but yet copyrighted form, and in violation of our trademark and intellectual rights - she had started a group of "Prostitutes Anonymous" in affiliation with a program called "Second Chance" which she also violated our Traditions by affiliating them with each other.  

I not only found materials from "Second Chance" stating the program's main tool of their program for prostitutes was the "Prostitutes Anonymous" group, but further found grant applications using our program as it's program it was requesting money for, using our program's track record as her evidence to request said money, and then further receiving quite large sums of money to in fact run "Prostitutes Anonymous" meetings without my knowledge, consent, and in complete violation of our copyrights, trademarks, and all intellectual property rights with no thought as to how what she was doing would affect our local Ohio groups, our program as a whole, etc.  

When I confronted Celia about this, I have documentation showing she not only lied to me by saying "oh it was just a tiny experiment that I dropped very quickly because it didn't work" to try and denigrate my work, while in reality she had built upon the Second Chance program, with our program at it's very core, and partnered with the Salvation Army to further expand not only her donations, but also the Salvation Army's fund raising who then used our program, work and intellectual properties to fund raise also using our program's name, and while affiliating it with theirs. 

On top of her doing this behind my back while deliberately concealing her activities on this program, she to my face was asking for my help in developing her "Prostitution Conference" where she was gathering resources, people, and materials to develop a university level training program supposedly to train people how to work with sex trafficking being with the emphasis on sex trafficking victims. 

I helped her over a decade and more of time to bring in the people, resources, and materials to help develop this university level course where I was being led to believe I was going to be a cornerstone respected teacher of this course once it was formally developed.  

Only to have her tell me to my face, and openly, that if I did not agree to provide my trainings ONLY through her course, that she would essentially blacklist me as a "competitor" to her other teachers she did go with. Teachers who upon checking their level of expertise - I saw quite a few of them didn't have one day, or one lick, of effective experience in working with this community at all - but instead with addicts, homeless women and the mentally ill. 

I have since come across other programs she had developed in Ohio for the prostitute's, where their main tool to get grants and donations was the "Prostitutes Anonymous" program.  I have a copy of a book published by another woman I've never met speaking in her book about how the "Prostitutes Anonymous program allowed us to get our funding to get our program open".  All done without my knowledge or consent, and at great devastation to our program within the state of Ohio.  

I'm trying to find out where I can file a complaint about this because the damage is still ongoing today.  I've found a new website put up by the Salvation Army speaking about how they have been "operating Prostitutes Anonymoust since 1994 in conjunction with Second Chance" which is Celia's project and again this is AFTER she had told me she had "dropped" the whole thing "years ago" and has been putting me down publicly while attributing my work to her resume and fund raising tool kit.  

Any direction you can give me on how to file a formal complaint against this professor would be greatly appreciated.  I have asked her to stop this orally, and in writing, only to have her deny these things and then turn around and publicly call me "crazy" while taking credit, and cash, for my work.  

Thank you for your time.   I look forward to any information you can give me on how to file a formal complaint.  Now that I have financial records, I'm researching taking legal action for the financial loss and damages also.  


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cc:   University of Toledo
        Salvation Army

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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cc:  Salvation Army
       TedX Talks
       University of Toledo Dean

Sunday, September 4, 2016

CELIA WILLIAMSON

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jonnf_M3ho I found this tape today on Youtube. My response was:

Strange. Very strange. Second Chance was a program Celia created using Prostitutes Anonymous' Recovery Guide, meeting format, and other parts of what was my intellectual property as founder of the 12 step program in 1987. Prior to her starting this "Second Chance" program, we had a meeting in Toledo, Cleveland and Cincinnati. They were doing quite well when I visited them personally in 1990 as I drove through the USA that year to see how our groups were doing. Celia had contacted me saying she was "wanting to put together a college course" to train others how to work with prostitutes so I gave her a copy of our Recovery Guide free. I didn't know she was using our program as part of her program at the time because the internet was not invented yet, and she certainly wasn't telling me she had started a meeting up as part of this program. All I knew was our other groups started telling me they had started (1) getting harassed by the police by them sitting outside our meetings and checking for warrants, and (2) they suddenly stopped getting referrals from the courts, local therapists, etc. In fact, these groups started getting so much opposition they basically shut down the local meetings in that area in 1994 - the same year she had launched "Second Chance". Now that I know what I know about Celia - there's not a doubt in my mind she had something to do with our groups being harassed out of existence. Wouldn't want any "competitor" to her group now would we? Her words by the way - not mine. People had started complaining to me about "faux" meetings - meetings which were claiming to be ours but were not - so I went online to do some homework a few years ago thanks to the power of the internet. This is when I discovered that Second Chance had been claiming to run a group of ours. Now I don't remember licensing the use of our name to her program, nor did I receive any type of payment for the adoption of our program into this program that she received grant money for the use of. A basket is passed at a local meetings - and all 12 step meetings donate a portion of their income to the main office of that program. Yet I also received no donations from the basket. No book orders were made for this group - so I have no idea what book they used for their program or their steps as I also sold no Step Working Guides to them either. In fact, no one had sent us in a meeting registration for that meeting. Without the meeting registration, I wasn't able to connect up the members to our updated literature, our newsletter, our service structure, our outreach projects, to sponsors, and basically to any of the components that make our program work. I also wasn't able to make sure these women knew there were also meetings in the same city of Toledo, nor in Cleveland or Cincinnati because they weren't connected to our newsletter which contained information on the other groups. Now while this got her the grant money, it certainly short changed the women who were attending this group claiming to be ours in name only. Certainly it wouldn't have helped these women because it had deprived them of the components that make the program "work". Essentially this would be like trying to run an AA meeting with no Big Book, no other meetings, no sponsors, no Grapevine, etc. That would be kind of a "set up for failure" for the alcoholic if done that way don't you think? I approached Celia and asked her about this - and all she did was snap at me "well it didn't work so I dropped the whole thing". Well of course it "didn't work" because she'd done it behind my back. By doing so, she'd deprived them of the very program which would have MADE it work. Only now this means I've got women walking around "thinking" they had attended "Prostitutes Anonymous" meetings that " didn't work" but not because it doesn't work - but because what they were handed was nothing more than something Celia put together to advance her career and line her wallet. In 1993-94, the term "sex trafficking" didn't EXIST. I know because I was going on TV trying to raise awareness about this subject using the language we had at the time which was "forced". You can see some of these attempts to make the public aware of this being something happening in today's word here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzd_a9GPy92PP-fGOrRuyDg You can note one of the dates on the Sally show is 1987. You can also read about how I had created the first safe house for adults that got me busted in 1984 at www.hightechmadam.com The term "sex trafficking" wasn't coined until AFTER the Trafficking Act of 2000 - and some say it wasn't even coined until the Shared Hope report released in 2007. There was NOTHING by the way in the papers I read about Second Chance that addressed those who were being "forced" into sex work by pimps or traffickers. Now for the program who "didn't work" according to what she told me - sure seems like she's making like it did here by talking about it at a Tedx talk. Funny thing though - I've had more than one of our members nominate me to speak at these talks - but SHE gets to talk about how she took a program I created and talk about it but I haven't had the opportunity. Strange. www.sexworkersanonymous.com


Monday, April 4, 2016

ABOUT MONEY

For people who want to sit back and say "oh Jody is trying to make money" - please please explain that to me.

First of all, I do not have any basket passed at our meetings.  Why?  Because if any person at that meeting is engaged in illegal prostitution and we accept money from them then we're guilty of a felony crime of "pimping".  Now can I sit there and ask every meeting leader to demand a financial accounting from the members?  No because to do so would be incriminating them.  So we do not pass any basket at meetings UNLIKE every other 12 step program I'm aware of who does.  AA passes the basket.  NA passes the basket.  Sexaholics Anonymous passes the basket.  Gamblers Anonymous passes the basket.  We do not.  So we have no basket donation income ever period anywhere.

Second, we have a copy of our first edition "Recovery Guide" on LuLu for $4.95.  Out of that, we net about $3.50.  In the TOTAL time that book has been listed on LuLu - we have sold a grand whopping total of $300.  That amount of money is from the date I uploaded the book until today.  Yep.  A huge amount of $300 in sales.

Why so low?  Because either people want the second edition current version of our "Recovery Guide" as our first was written in 1992, or they have no money at all to order any literature.  If they don't have any money, I have the first edition in .pdf format which can be downloaded or emailed to them for free.  I send out copies of the book free almost daily to those who request it but can't afford it.

Our red covered first edition books many of our original early members have copies of was a batch paid to be printed for us by my mother who forked out $5,000 of her own money to create our first "Recovery Guide" in 1992 when the book was first done.  Out of that $5,000, I told her I'd sell these books and pay her back.   We originally sold the book for $5.00.  For every one copy I'd sell I was asked to donate about 20 free ones.  I managed to sell 1,000 out of the 5000 copies - and paid my mother back the $5000 before she died.  Those books are now gone.  I have two copies left in my house - one for me and one for my daughter.

Our 2nd edition we print up as needed at the FedEx store - that's why it's so expensive.   I get an order for the book and then go there to print the book up.  I have them xerox the pages, bind it, and then we ship those out when we get orders.  There is a $1.00 profit margin that I keep for taking the disc down to the store, having them print the book, and then stuffing it into the envelope to ship the final order out.  That $1.00 doesn't even cover my gasoline when I usually am printing maybe 3 copies at a time when I go.  Why?  How many people are going to pay $25 for a book when they can get a free .pdf  version?  Most people get a free 1st edition emailed to them and honestly they spend so much time working with that one - most don't get around to ordering the 2nd edition.

We do not apply for grants, and we've never held a fund raiser.  I don't charge for consultations.  I don't charge for my time.  I answer our hotline 24/7 for free and without a salary.  There's no money to take a salary anyway.   We don't charge members any fees or dues.  I don't charge for my time when I talk to callers on the hotline who want advice or support or anything.  I don't charge for my time when I meet members for coffee, or drive them to the doctor.   I don't charge for the time I spend teaching stepwork to our members, or consulting with meeting leaders on how to get their meetings off the ground, or keep them going or under control.   I don't charge for our blog, our newsletter, or creating our social media.   I don't charge for the training I do for our outreach people, answering our hotline, etc.  I don't charge for training our members who take meetings into jails, shelters or treatment centers.   I don't charge our members for any of my time or services.

I don't charge for lectures I do.  I don't charge for being an expert witness on trials - although I have had my travel expenses paid.  I don't charge for the time I spend traveling to appear on talk shows which I haven't done since 1994.  I don't charge for talking to reporters.   I don't charge for my time helping parents figure out how to get their kids back.  I don't charge for the time I spend sending out missing posters to our members in certain cities asking if they've seen this kid (which has worked by the way many times).  I don't charge for consulting with mothers on how to find their missing daughters - which one time became the movie "Fighting for my Daughter" starring Lindsey Wagner as the mom because of how she followed my advice and got her daughter back from a pimp who had murdered three other women.  I didn't get paid for the six weeks I spent working with the writer on that movie.  I don't charge for the time I spend talking to legislators about new laws.  I don't charge for the time I spend talking with producers or reporters.  I honestly can't think of anything I charge for with respect to the work I do in connection with Sex Workers Anonymous.  I receive no money personally from our radio show at www.leavingtheliferadio.com.  I don't have any salary for putting those interviews together and do it to help our outreach to new members.

I have never received a dime from producers about my life story except what I've talked about when I was young, naive and stupid.  After my arrest I took a $1,000 in option money to do my life story.  They had me sign a confidentiality agreement and told me I had to get their permission to speak to the press.  At the end of the first year, when no movie had been made, they gave me another $1,000.  Suspecting a rat, I looked into it and learned they had been paying me to make sure I didn't speak out then what I knew about John Wayne.  Republic Pictures had paid me the money telling me they were going to "produce a film about my life".  I didn't know at the time they didn't produce original films, and owned the rights to John Wayne movies, among a few others.  To make  sure I didn't speak out about John Wayne, his family, etc., nor anyone else who was represented by Republic - this was their way of shutting me up.   Which is why you see no TV shows, nor interviews from me from 1984 until 1987 - I had signed these contracts with Republic.  So I made yes $2,000 for my life story and silence in 1984 to 1987.  When I realized  I was being muzzled, I refused $5,000 the third year for an option. The ironic thing was I wouldn't have said a word about John Wayne had we made a film then.  I only wanted to get the story out about my life.  I have never revealed a client name except with their consent ever.  Never have and never will.

I took $1,000 option in 1987 from Cosgrove Muerer productions to do a film about the founding of "Prostitutes Anonymous".  I then returned the money and canceled the deal when the producer told me he went and paid to have sex with a prostitute in order to "understand the subject matter".   I told him this was to me the same as asking me to do a movie on the Holocaust and going out to gas a Jewish person in order to "understand the subject matter".  I was so upset at him for this that yes I returned the money and broke the contract.

I do not sell our book on Amazon for one main reason - because then they would have a potential list of some of our members.  They might not know who is and who isn't - but they would know at least who is interested in us.  Since it's well known that a list of anyone who buys or reads "Catcher in the Rye" is turned over to the FBI as a potential terrorist - then it's not far fetched to think buyers of our book might wind up on some list somewhere.   I am yes losing a lot of potential money by doing this - but I am protecting our members' anonymity, and their location, in making this decision.  http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread674552/pg2  Do you really think with prostitution illegal in most of this country that our government would not want a list of people who buy a book on leaving prostitution?  By staying off Amazon, I keep that list private.  Especially by giving away the book free.

I have turned down offers to have publishers publish our book because of the lawsuit with AA and Hazelton where they tried to alter the book against Bill Wilson's wishes, as well as AA's.   If I sign a contract with a publisher, I lose all right to have total control over the content.   Therefore, we self-publish so our words, and stories, can not be altered against our wishes.   The same as with what happened to Narcotics Anonymous when Chuck Skinner admitted to having altered parts of the Basic Text without the fellowship's approval in his attempt to seek power over the finances of NA.

Paige paid me $400 for the literature I gave her in 1991 a few weeks ago to start up the first meetings of our 12 step program in Vancouver that she never paid me for back then because she was taking care of something like 10 women sleeping in her studio apartment who were afraid to go prostitute on the streets with a maniac running around, and to take care of the teen who was the subject of the Lindsey Wagner movie produced by ABC.   That was also supposed to cover the literature I gave her to get books to her new members, and to help her set up SPACE - which was the first drop-in crisis center in Canada for prostitutes seeking a way out.  PACE took it over somewhere around 1996 I think when her father died.  I was supposed to receive a salaried job from that center opening but that never materialized.

Melissa Farley paid me $350 for the writing I contributed to "Trafficking in Nevada - Making the Connections", as well as my help in preparing the report she sold to Shared Hope who repackaged the report minus our name and then distributed in March of 2008 claiming it had been published in August of 2007, even though Melissa and I released the report in September of 2007.  I guess they wanted to make it appear they released it first.  But because I sold my writing to Melissa - I have no ownership to contest.

We haven't sold any jewelry, t-shirts, medallions, hats, coffee mugs, etc. to date.  Not a one.  I haven't even sold any keytags for members to give out at meetings - they use their own or the ones from NA or AA to give out at meetings.   Nor have I sold any licensing rights to anyone to do so either.

Okay, free literature, no grants, no fund raisers, no fees or dues, no money in the basket - can someone please tell me where I'm getting money from in order to be "doing what I'm doing for money"?

Because if I am "doing this for the money" I certainly am doing something wrong here.  Polaris however received an $11 million dollar grant from what I read by Google last year sometime.  I don't know how much money Truckers Against Trafficking has received.  Lois Lee told me last year that Children of the Night have $12 million dollars in the bank.  But with her staff salary monthly being $40,000 I know that will just cover her overhead.   Dennis Hof I know once sold off a young girls' (18) virginity for $1,000,000 of which he gets 1/2 usually.

Shared Hope supposedly got $1.2 million coming into Nevada to lecture about Nevada sex trafficking for about a month while security was telling me I was banned from even listening to this lecture, and then they left town again after the lecture tour.   Which how they accomplished when they "don't provide direct services domestically" as they told me when I called them that year in 2007 as when they were lecturing - I have no idea.  I know Terri Miller told me she paid them $9000 to come speak to her in 2007 about sex trafficking.  I know I spent hours talking to Terri about Nevada cases for which I never got a dime, but Shared Hope got $9,000 for flying in for a coffee meeting with Terri.

From the day I saw Awaken Reno open, until last year, I only saw them doing fund raisers.  I was told Pastor Perez from Annie Lombert's Destiny House Project supposedly pocketed $1,000,000 before he filed bankruptcy.   The house was supposedly donated, as was the furniture, and everything in the house.  I don't know how much money she got for signing with Bravo to get the one show produced that did air before they yanked it - but I would bet she got something.   The Cupcake Girls has raised over $50,000 that I'm aware of anyway while a woman on their own board told me "I haven't seen them help one single person" last week via email.   The dental care they claim to provide strippers is provided by the United Way.  They're helping strippers who make pretty good money in Vegas from what I'm hearing.  Joy Hoover runs a baker and a hair salon - so she's not losing anything financially off the publicity she gets for the Cupcake Girls.

I was told by the treasurer for Mike Bartell he had made over $3,000,000 in donations from his Nevada fund raiser where she said he went out into the streets, photographed prostitutes street walking, and then got back into the van without even speaking to them.  Maxine Doogan has raised at least $35,000 for her legal fees from what I read.   That's not counting how much she makes as a madam or a mistress.  Ryan Kavanaugh from Relativity Media is wealthy and Tom Forman took his family on a vacation to England and lives in Malibu according to his social media.

In 2007 Melissa Farley offered me a job for $120,000 doing "direct services in Nevada" so I figured I needed to file for a 501c3 nonprofit for our 12 step program to separate them.   I was told she had received a grant from the state department to study Nevada sex trafficking for $50,000 mind you and I got a whole $350.00.

I sat down and did a financial report which allowed me to go over our phone bills and realize we'd taken over 500,000 phone calls back then from 1987 to 2007 (not counting the letters and emails I've answered).  I went over all of our paperwork then and added up I've spent $400,000 of my own money keeping our program running.  That's the phone bills, postage, printing, travel, advertising, etc.  We had taken in donation wise a grand whopping total of $25,000 in book sales and a $10,000 donation we got to buy an outreach car.   For which we spent the full $10,000 on a car as we told the donor we would do.   Meaning as of 2007, we were $365,000 in the red.  Since 2007, I've continued to pay for our mail box, cell phone, postage, printing, etc. out of my own pocket.  I once asked our board members if we could split the monthly bills among us equally to pay and they laughed.

Breaking Free and PRIDE in Minnesota have supposedly run Prostitutes Anonymous meetings for years.  So to did the Mary Magdalene Project which was the subject of a 10 year study in "Leaving Prostitution" by Sharon Oselin.  I have never received one dollar in book orders or donations from either program, nor anyone on their staff personally.

When I met Brenda Myers-Powell in 2007 in person at the press conference, I gave her 20 copies of our Recovery Guide with the red cover, as I gave 20 copies to Kathleen Mitchell also.   We were pricing our books then at $14.95.  Brenda sent me a check for $150 for books in 2009.  I told Brenda I would send her the books when I got a meeting registration form from her as I knew she was going to use them in a meeting setting.  To have books at a meeting setting means I need a registration form.  She refused to send it to me.  She kept calling me begging for the books and I kept asking for the meeting registration form to no avail for some reason.   I finally told Brenda I would apply the $150 to the 20 books I gave her in 2007 if she wasn't going to send me a meeting registration.

I gave her a written copyright release to go to any printer she wished, and run off copies of our book from the .pdf I gave her to work from at her own expense to give to any woman in the Chicago jail program she was working with that wanted a copy of our book free.   I did this because she said "women didn't have books".   I told her I was not budging in that I would not send her the printed red cover books until I got a meeting registration from her for the Chicago group she was running.  She threatened to shut down a Chicago meeting at some Alano center if I didn't send the books.  I repeated I would send her whatever she needed when I got a free meeting registration form signed and returned.  She told me she was shutting down the Chicago meeting now that filming had stopped on her documentary.

I was told in 2009 by the Sunshine Girls they sent Brenda $5000 for running a Prostitutes Anonymous meeting in Chicago.  When I asked them if they were aware she was not the founder, director, nor had a registered meeting of ours even - they ignored all my calls until they changed their foundation name to something else.  I have no idea what she did with the $5000 as she wouldn't discuss it with me.  I was also told by a woman in Indiana that Brenda had tried to charge her $9000 for "consulting on how to set up a Prostitutes Anonymous chapter" in Indianapolis.   I do not know if she received money for the two hour documentary she did with Oprah on the Prostitutes Anonymous group she mentioned throughout the film and they shot her running.   I know I didn't see anything.   I told the woman the truth, Brenda had no legal right to be setting up meetings or outreach or anything in any official capacity for our program because she (1) has no registered meeting with us, and (2) has not worked any PA, or SWA, steps (either/or), that I'm aware of.   She never worked them with me certainly and I'm not aware of any sponsors she's had in PA other than myself.   Anyone else in Chicago would have the same amount of time, or less, than her being I set up the first Chicago meeting she walked into in Genesis House years ago.  Something which the talks shows paid for my travel and I did not charge Genesis House, nor Brenda, for coming up there every few months and mentoring the group she got recovery in.

Kathleen Mitchell has never bought a book from me I'm aware of.  She did register the first meeting of Prostitutes Anonymous with us when she opened Dignity in 1991 which again is free to do so.  I was told by Catholic Charities they canceled that meeting when they took over in 2013.  I sent Kathleen her jail study program for free and have not received any proceeds from the basket that I understood was passed at the Phoenix meeting.  I have not received one dollar from anyone at Catholic Charities, Project Rose, Division 17, CAASE, etc. for them using our program's name in their fund raising, licensing, program design, etc.  I would like to know if Dignity or Catholic Charities would have invested in her, hired her, etc., if not for the Prostitutes Anonymous meetings we gave her freely.  Don't know as she stopped talking to us when she retired after turning it over to Catholic Charities.

Celia Williamson set up a Prostitutes Anonymous meeting in Toledo in 1994 from the papers I found online with Second Chance.  I never received a meeting registration, a book order, nor any donations.  I was not told about this meeting even.  When I confronted her about the money Second Chance received using our name to get her proceeds she countered with "well we dropped that years ago".  That didn't answer my question however about some legal grounds she had to use our name in a grant application for which she received funding.  For 18 years I spoke to Celia about setting up a university level course of study in this topic and was told when she received approval to do so - I would be given a position as a teacher at this course.  She received approval in 2013 I think to teach about human trafficking at the University of Toledo.  Celia offered me a percentage of the income earned off classes I would teach for her in this course.  I asked for a down payment of some kind so I could buy a decent camera to shoot the video for her course which she refused.  She sent me the contract which required my exclusive teaching with her - and nowhere else.  Since I've been teaching counselors, social workers, police, etc., since 1991 I could not see myself giving her an exclusive on my teaching since I also was teaching people like police who had nothing to do with her university course on trafficking.  When I told her I could not give her exclusive to all my teaching income she told me that she would then "view me as a competitor" which meant excluding me from speaking ever at her Prostitution Conference held yearly.   I asked what one had to do with the other and she said "why would I let you come and speak when I can put in one of my teachers and get a piece of that action?"  I said "to provide the best quality training from the widest sources possible for those attending her conference.   Her reply was I either offered my training/teaching through her exclusively or I would not speak at any event she was connected to, organized, or was a part of NOR would I be allowed to lecture, teach, or train at any event any of her other teachers were a part of either as I would be viewed as a "competitor" to her if I did not sign.

I was asked to speak at a Chicago training in 2014 by Dr. Pratina Gupta.  I spent over $1500 preparing to speak at this training, and borrowed another $1000 to pay for my airfare to speak there for free.  The organizers of this event charged $450 from attendees.  Three days before this event, I was told by Dr. Gupta that I was not going to be able to speak, nor invited to attend. When I told her I had invested $1500 in printing of books to sell at this event, and an airplane ticket and hotel for another $1000 that I could not get a refund on considering it was now only 3 days away - she told me "I'll look you up when I'm in Los Angeles and have lunch some time".  Needless to say I told her where to stick her lunch.   Since other speakers were there who teach with Celia - I have to think she made good on her threat about what she'd to to "competitors".   I had over 10 people tell me they had paid this registration fee wanting to hear me speak.  One man had arranged to drive down from Texas.  They were not told I wasn't speaking until after they had arrived and paid their non-refundable registration fee.  The man who drove in from Texas was told he didn't "want to make a stink because he would just harm his own standing within the trafficking community" and to "think about his own grants he was applying for".   So people who started to object about my not coming were having their grants and "reputation" threatened into silence.

So again, please if I'm doing this "for the money" let me know where I'm going wrong here because I'm sure not seeing it.