Help Sexual Assault Victims defend themselves against libel

For: Women threatened with libel suits by their alleged abusers
Toronto, ON, Canada
Organizer: Alicia Elliott
Help Sexual Assault Victims defend themselves against libel (Women threatened with libel suits by their alleged abusers)
$3,640
of $5,000 goal
72% Complete
Raised by 64 donors

The Story

I've been incredibly troubled by the rise in Canada of powerful men using their access to lawyers to silence the women accusing them of abuse and sexual assault. Whether it's the victims at Concordia who have had to shut down their social media for even daring to speak the name of their abusers, or the main complainant in the Steven Galloway case, or any number of other women who are being silenced by libel laws in Canada, we cannot let these men use their money and power to keep women quiet and remain unaccountable. 

These women should not be alone in their fight to give voice to their stories. This fund is hoping to assist these women with money to consult with lawyers if they are sent cease and desist letters, and (hopefully) to fund any lawsuits that may ultimately arise as a result of speaking back to abuse.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 22, 2018

Posted on February 22, 2018

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for the donations already. I just wanted to let you know that I'm looking for organizations to partner with to house and distribute this fund. There are a few that i'm looking at specifically, and I'll be sure to update once things are finalized.

I'll be looking for lawyers who are willing to perhaps partner to offer a reduced rate for consultations for women facing cease and desist letters and potential lawsuits as a result of speaking out about their abuse. If you're a lawyer who would be interested in doing this, or someone you know is, please get in touch!

Finally, I'm hoping to start lobbying PEN Canada and specific politicians to start focusing their attention on changing libel laws so they don't silence the less powerful while, essentially, keeping abusers in control of both their speech and the press surrounding their case. Let's try and do what we can on multiple fronts to show sexual assault and abuse survivors they're not alone.

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