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.

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