That's true Bill. You don't know a lot about them.
You probably don't hear a lot about what goes on there.
I've been to AA and NA meetings. What goes on People share their experiences of inebriety and sobriety. Have a cup of tea or coffee and chat. Go home. I've never seen anything else.
Wilso, that's because you're a good family man. You go, have a cuppa, then go home to your loving wife and kiddos.
I have seen a number of women, who come in unsure, scared and confused have men try to take advantage of them. I give a couple examples on the other thread.
That's why one thing I'm grateful for is that at the first meeting I went to (there were only 2 other people, 2 men), I was treated the way I was. One of the men was like you, a family man. After that small meeting, he asked me if I wanted to stay for the next meeting, coming up in another half an hour. He waited with me, keeping me engaged, and when some women showed up for the next meeting, he led me to them. He made sure they knew I had just shown up. At the time I had no idea of this, but they were keeping me close, giving me their phone #'s, walking me to my car. I'm not saying this like someone was going to jump out and rape me. But it was very important that I initially developed relationships with women. I was point blank told "Stay with the women for awhile." I know I would have easily been taken advantage of, on an emotional level.
One day I was the one saying that to some pretty young thing that I'd managed to get next to her before that creep that had been eyeing her all night did.
BTW, that goes the other way two. Women can be predators as well.
Others can scoff if they like, but people from all walks of life are there. Including people that will gladly take advantage of others. Some really bad apples. Some really great people, but you don't know who those are at first.
You may not see it Wilso, because your radar doesn't need to be attuned to it.
One cliche I do agree with is:
You have a drunken horse thief and you sober him up, you have a horse thief.