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Legal and Moral Considerations
Can I be sued if I publish the name of an abuser? No, as long as you stick to the truth. The media does it all the time, and they certainly have the money to make them worth suing. To keep on the safe side, publish only what you can back up with evidence.
Isn’t it wrong to expose someone by name even if they did cause harm? If you are asking this question, you should also ask yourself if it is ‘right’ for an abuser to get away with hurting you and then continuing on to the next unsuspecting victim. Is it ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ to protect an abuser from consequences for their actions by concealing their identity?
You are not at fault if the truth about an abuser’s behavior damages their reputation. From a bully’s remorseless egocentric point of view and sense of entitlement; everything is your fault. Victim blaming is a given in any bullying scenario so you can count on being put on the defensive and accused of slander and libel if you expose your abuser. They may be scary in their denial; they play the victim role and act out self righteous indignation, hurl accusations and vilify you, their target, while manipulating other people to turn against you and support their vengeful schemes. It’s all a game to them; one they enjoy and excel at. But they just don’t have a legal case if their reputation suffers because their malicious activities become known.
No one has the right to abuse you, and you always have the right to defend yourself and to speak about what was done to you, but it is up to you to decide what actions to take. You’ll need to examine all aspects of your situation. It helps to educate yourself about psychopathy and libel laws. Reading about cases similar to your own may give you useful ideas—or warnings.You may need to weigh your moral position against the cost of asserting it. You must consider the possibility of your abuser thriving on the attention while making your position worse. Sociopaths are highly skilled at achieving that! Most importantly, you must seriously consider the possible consequences of ‘going public,’ especially potential dangers to the life and well being of yourself and others.
Defamation, Libel, Slander
Defamation is an area of law that provides a civil remedy when someone’s words end up causing harm to your reputation or your livelihood. Libel is a written or published defamatory statement, while slander is defamation that is spoken by the defendant. In this section, we’ll explain what you need to prove if you’re bringing a defamation lawsuit, and what to expect at each step of your case, including common defenses to a defamation claim.
Articles on Defamation Law
- Defamation Law Made Simple
Learn about libel, slander, and the basics of a defamation case.
- Defamation, Libel, and Slander: Key Elements of a Claim
Learn what a plaintiff needs to prove in order to hold someone liable for defamation.
- Libel vs. Slander: Different Types of Defamation
Learn the differences between slander and libel defamatory statements.
- Social Media and Online Defamation
Understand key legal issues related to potential defamation on Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and elsewhere.
- Time Limits and the Statute of Limitations for Defamation Lawsuits
Understanding and abiding by the lawsuit filing deadline is crucial to your defamation case.
- Timeline of a Defamation Claim
A step-by-step look at a typical defamation case, plus tips on what to expect.
- Damages in a Defamation Case
Figuring out how much your libel or slander claim might be worth at settlement or at trial.
- Privileges and Defenses in Defamation Cases
Learn about the most common legal arguments that might be used to defeat a defamation claim.
Tools for Your Defamation Claim