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ANONYMITY

The principle of anonymity is a safeguard for the Al-Anon fellowship.  This means that all Al-Anon and Alateen members are anonymous within the fellowship as well as at the level of press, radio, and TV.  It is the choice of the Al-Anon and Alateen member as to how anonymous they wish to be with friends, co-workers, community professionals and others.  This assures that no one will use Al-Anon for power, profit, or prestige.

Anonymity gives members and potential members confidence that their identity will not be revealed within Al-Anon.  When speaking as Al-Anon/Alateen members at the level of press, radio, TV or films, members only use first names or pseudonyms.  Faces should not be recognizable in photographs for publication in newspapers or magazines.

This provides a sense of security in the knowledge that nothing seen or heard in the meetings will be revealed.  We can express ourselves among our Al-Anon/Alateen friends because we can be certain that what we share will be kept confidential.

Each member has the right to decide about their personal anonymity within the fellowship.  We meet and share as equals regardless of social, educational, or financial position.  Anonymity provides the freedom and the security that each member deserves in Al-Anon/Alateen.

 

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