The Twelve Traditions
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the
greatest number depends on SIA unity.
2. For our group purpose there is but one authority -- a loving God as
S/He may express her/himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but
trusted servants; they do not govern.
3. The only requirement for membership is that you are a victim of
child sexual abuse and that you desire to recover from it.
4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting another
group or SIA as a whole.
5. Each SIA group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message
to the incest survivor who still suffers.
6. Our SIA group ought never to endorse, finance or lend the SIA name
to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money,
property or prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim.
7. SIA strives to be fully self-supporting and will not accept
contributions that compromise SIA's autonomy or mission.
8. SIA work should remain forever non-professional, but our service
centers may employ special workers.
9. SIA as such ought never be organized, but we may create service
boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Survivors of Incest Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues;
hence the SIA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than
promotion; We need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of
press, radio, films and television.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever
reminding us to place principles before personalities.