Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence SLAPPs
slapps against survivors
Bruce E.H. Johnson and Antoinette Bonsignore write in the Seattle Times, "It’s critical for the Legislature to restore the safeguards and protections in a 2010 statute that had protected sexual-assault survivors from defamation lawsuits by their abusers."
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PPP Policy Director Evan Mascagni published an Op-Ed in Ohio that ran in several newspapers across the state advocating for anti-SLAPP legislation in Ohio. The Op-Ed is published in full below.
Immediately following a report by the New York Times that he allegedly sexually assaulted numerous women throughout his career, Harvey Weinstein threatened to sue the Times for defamation. For First Amendment legal scholars, this comes as no surprise. There’s a long history of powerful bullies attempting to use the legal system to silence their critics.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a Portland man's defamation lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault. The panel ruled that Oregon's anti-SLAPP law applied, and the man did not meet a minimum burden of proof for his allegations.