12 Traditions

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends on SASA unity.
  2. For group purposes there is but one authority – a loving God as may be expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership is that you are the survivor of a sexual assault and that you desire to recover from it.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting another group or SASA as a whole.
  5. Each SASA group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the survivor who still suffers.
  6. Our SASA group ought never to endorse, finance or lend the SASA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property or prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim.
  7. SASA strives to be fully self-supporting and will not accept contributions that compromise SASA’s autonomy or mission.
  8. SASA work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. SASA as such ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Sexual Assault Survivors Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SASA 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, film, television and the internet.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.