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Emotional Support Group Meetings 2019

Emotional Support Group meetings will be held for those convicted of a sex offense and their loved ones. This meeting, which is based upon the format of 12 Step meetings, provides registrants and their loved ones with an opportunity to discuss personal challenges and share their experiences, strengths and hopes, with each other.

Attendance is limited to individuals required to register, family members, and friends.

Media, law enforcement, parole, etc. are not allowed to attend meetings.

There is no cost to attend. No reservations are required.

Below are your choices of meetings:


LOS ANGELES Emotional Support Group Meeting:

Meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.. In the remainder of 2019 it will be August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, December 28.

ACLU Building
1313 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles

Free parking is available under the building and there is no charge to attend the meeting.

Meetings start promptly, and anyone who arrives after that time may not be able to participate due to the parking logistics of that location.


SACRAMENTO Emotional Support Group Meeting:

When: Most Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

The meetings are CANCELED on 10/31/19, 11/28/19, 12/26/19

Before you attend, please email us at to find if we are meeting that week.

Christ Community Church
Evers Room #13
5025 Manzanita Ave.
Carmichael, CA (an eastern suburb of greater Sacramento)

For more information, please email us at


PHONE Emotional Support Group conference call:

This Emotional Support Group meeting is a monthly conference call on the phone. It is perfect for those who can’t get to the face-to-face meetings.

If you want to attend this conference call, Alex, the group leader wants to talk with you first to ensure we don’t get inappropriate callers.

Email your name, phone, and the best times to call you. Send it to

Once he approves you he will email you each month the date and time of the next phone meeting and how to call in.


Join the discussion

  1. Maria

    I am very interested in creating a similar emotional support group in Florida. Would you consider sharing the format you use? Thank you.


    • Yvon

      Alex G at can tell you more about the format. Basically, it is based on the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-Step format without the Higher Power aspect, and with more emphasis on emotional support and anonimity. People who attend are either registrants or family/friends of registrants. It is extremely helpful to listen and share with people who have similar experiences.

    • e

      Just follow the guidelines Jews used in 1938 Germany. Meet in secret, don’t tell anyone, and hope the authorities don’t infiltrate or find out, because they will try to stop it.

  2. Notorious D.I.K. / Kennerly

    What are the “steps” for? How is it that the “12 Steps” model maps on to emotional support? I am only familiar with those steps being used to confront dependencies or addictions. In this case, what is the addiction if, indeed there is any? It would seem to me that the single greatest commonality among registrants is stress and depression. Why not offer instruction and support for mindfulness and meditation, demonstrated to be effective, as a means to alleviate stress and depression?

    • Alex G

      I’d like to clear up a misunderstanding regarding the use of the 12-step analogy. The groups themselves are not based on the 12-step model. It is only the format of the 12-step groups that we borrow from. The main reason for using this format is to give everybody, who wishes to, uninterrupted time to share their experiences, strengths and hopes without cross talk. Being heard is an integral aspect of alleviating stress and depression, which these groups are all about. In no way are we implicating that being on the registry has anything to do with being an addict. Again, it’s merely the format we are using, not the philosophy behind it.
      I hope this alleviates the confusion.

      • Sean James


        I actually think a group utilizing the 12 steps can work. Just because I really was innocent (26+years now) doesn’t mean I can’t benefit from the 12 steps…Think about it:

        #1.) We admitted that we were powerless over ppl, places and things and that (as a result) our lives had become unmanageable.
        #2.) We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves ( God, family, froends, the group..whatever) to sanity.
        #3.) We made a Fearless moral inventory of ourselves…etc. etc.

        Such a group could benefit us as a whole because we learn to accept our powerlessness over the ppl, places and things in our lives over which we have no control

        Addmitance into the group would not require that one admit any guilt…because some of us really were innocent) the only requirements would be a desire to learn to cope and even grow despite our situation.

  3. Notorious D.I.K. / Kennerly

    Thanks! I had actually wondered how 12-Steps would map-on to an emotional support group and if there were any chips given out and, if so, for what? Also, wondered about that whole mass apologizing thing. And then the funny underwear. Oh, wait, that’s Mormonism. Fortunately, I’ve never been addicted to anything except, as it turns out, to freedom (and I’m Jonesin’ bad!) so most of my AA references are from people who dropped out because I’ve never actually met anyone who didn’t. So your description of 12-Step’s limited role in this group comes as some relief to me (I’m being serious, here) because, quite frankly, the more I learn about 12-Steps, the less enthusiastic I am about it. Hey, if you’re one of the 20% for whom it works, then great but that’s what I hear is their success rate and there are better programs now, from what I understand. Yeah, I know that they now say that you don’t have to believe in God but, hey, what do they have to replace their “higher power?” 12-Steps is just shot-through with “higher-power” from what I can see. It’s like if you go to a picnic and they know you’re a vegetarian and so they grill a bell pepper and put it between a hamburger bun for you which then becomes an uncomfortable topic of conversation with the other guests as you pretend to enjoy eating it.

    But really, what do we all have to be sad about? It’s a shitty, degraded existence that gets worse over time. What’s not to like? I’m available as a dismotivational speaker, by the way.

    Seriously, though I hope that your support group proves to be a success. Just one word: humor. There’s a reason why the Jews are so damned funny: adversity. Serious, fucking adversity.

    • JM from wi

      I’ve attended an “s” 12 step group for 20+ years. We have tweaked our meeting dramatically through the years to mostly check-ins and presentations. The 12 steps are secondary. We have several therapy clinics sending us new people regularly. We are 20% people waiting for court dates and sentencing. 20% on the registry. 20% with past legal trouble but not on the registry. The balance porn, prostitute or relationship issues. The common denominator is the addiction. The scary s word has driven us out of both church and university meeting facilities. We have been a great resource and support group for those who have addictive issues.

    • Gary

      “Love others as you love yourself.”
      “Do to others as you would want done to you.”

      “Take the high road. Don’t be a bottom feeder.”

      • AJ

        You forgot: “if you can’t say something nice, say it quietly.” (To my knowledge, I coined this.)

        • Joe

          I think that goes “if you have nothing nice to say about people, come sit next to me”.

    • C

      You should create demotivational posters for, that is, if you’re not already on the payroll, or the founder.

  4. SP

    I am going to try to attend the meeting with my wife. She is disabled so we have only been able to make one other meeting. I would appreciate if anyone has any rental advice. Due to her health we are losing our house and finding a arental in the area seems impossible.


  5. support

    When is the next phone support meeting?

  6. G4Change

    I greatly enjoy listening to these meetings. I just wanted to let the technical staff know that the most recent recording from September 21st has a horrible “echo” in it. Hopefully that problem can be fixed for future recordings.
    Thank you all for everything you do!

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