What is S-Ateen?

The S-Ateen Fellowship welcomes young people, ages 12 to 19, who have been affected by the sexual behavior of a relative or friend. Our meetings follow S-Ateen’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. They are conducted separately from those of S-Anon, and are guided by certified, adult S-Ateen Group Sponsors. S-Ateen meetings are available at International and Regional Conventions, local recovery events, local S-Ateen groups, and via the S-Ateen Online Community.

  • S-Ateen is a fellowship of young people who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of sexaholism in a relative or friend.
  • S-Ateen is for you and about you. S-Ateen is not a program to help you fix your parents, siblings, or friends.
  • S-Ateen is a program where you can learn about healthy relationships. Even if you think you are not affected by the problems in your home, many of the choices you make in friendships and dating relationships are influenced by living within a family that is spiritually and emotionally ill.
  • S-Ateen is an anonymous program. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of our program. This means we keep in confidence everything that is said in meetings as well as who we see at meetings. Anonymity also means we are all equals in S-Ateen; no one is a boss or an expert.

Hope & Help

In S-Ateen we find hope and help, and we are no longer facing our problems alone. It is a program where we learn about healthy relationships. We discover we have choices. When you hear how other young people have worked through situations by using the S-Ateen program, you can find hope for your own situations. These questions can help you decide if S-Ateen is right for you.

S-Ateens Speak

Watch the video below to hear S-Ateen members who truly understand, have solved similar problems, and are discovering a new hope.


Find a Meeting

Even though your story may be different from other S-Ateen members, the feelings are the same. You will have the opportunity to develop healthy friendships with other teens in the meetings, and you will learn how to make good choices for yourself and to set healthy boundaries.

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A Note to Parents – An S-Anon Member Shares

What S-Ateens find very helpful is the opportunity to be with other young people who are facing similar challenges. Together they benefit from applying the principles of the S-Ateen program as they learn new, healthy ways to live and interact with others. That’s the bottom line, and that’s the focus of the S-Ateen fellowship.

Like us S-Anons, young people benefit from recovery – even more so than adults because they have a lifetime ahead to make better choices for themselves, and eventually their own families. I hope you too will find the courage to invite your children to attend S-Ateen. I have three children in the S-Ateen fellowship, and it has made a tremendous difference in their lives as individuals as well as our family life together.