Amber Heard receives support from feminist group in open letter condemning ‘abuse’ of defamation lawsuits

Amber Heard has received open support from several feminist organizations after her major defeat in the defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp.

The open letter, which was made public on Wednesday NBC newswas signed by men such as the National Association of Womenthe other National Center for Women’s Law, Equality nowand Women’s Walking Fund. As you know, Heard filed a deposition last month in preparation for her appeal of the $15 million she owes Depp (and spent some serious money filing that appeal in June!).

For the most part, the support at her side has been – yes, missing — compared to her ex-husband’s loud and proud support. But now this letter, written by a group of people who identify as survivors of domestic violence, is openly showing their support for the actress.

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The letter condemns the “abuse” of defamation lawsuits used to silence those who report domestic or sexual abuse – and is the biggest public endorsement of Aquaman star a month since the jury reached its decision in favor Pirates of the Caribbean an actor

As far as the court of public opinion is concerned, this is a victory for Amber, whose public defenders have not been as visible as Johnny’s (who also received support from a female advocacy group). If you remember, organizations like The time is up — at their height #Me too movement – were called out after the verdict in June for being a wall of silence rather than supporting Amber. But now an anonymous spokesman for the group that released Wednesday’s letter is saying why everyone was so quiet:

“People were afraid to speak up because they saw what was happening to the few who had it.”

What was happening was alleged online harassment from Depp’s supporters! Heard’s supporters were afraid of being targeted online so they kept quiet rather than stir the pot. Hmmm…

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The source also says the “persistent harassment” was “fueled by a lack of information, a misogynistic, misogynistic, and monetized social media environment where a woman’s allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault were played out for entertainment.” The letter states that the harassment was “unprecedented in both its intensity and scope”.

Yes, it is bullying never okay!

Kathy Spillerwho is the manager for Feminist Majority Foundationsaid she and her organization supported the letter after seeing a “growing backlash” against women speaking out about domestic violence:

“If this can happen to Amber Heard, it will discourage other women from speaking up and even filing reports of domestic and sexual abuse.”

The open letter says that the response to the verdict “points to a fundamental misunderstanding of intimate partner and sexual violence and how victims respond to it”. Over two dozen feminist organizations and 90 individuals have signed the letter in an agreement that they “condemn the public shaming of Amber Heard and unite in her support.”

Elizabeth TangNWLC senior counsel for education and workplace law said after she signed the letter that abusers can use defamation lawsuits to “silence their victims” or use them as retaliation if their victim were to speak up:

“[Domestic abuse victims] see the environment this has created and they feel even less safe than before to come forward and speak about the abuse they suffered… Reasons why we felt it was very important to participate in this letter [are] when the courts don’t dismiss these defamation cases in the early stages, it creates a huge trauma for victims to have to go through a very long, lengthy and invasive process just to prove that what they said is true or that they didn’t. slander the one they reported.”

President NOW, Christian F. Nunessaid she hoped this letter would serve as a reminder that the court system should never be used against victims:

“We cannot silence victims by using the courts and litigation as a way to re-traumatize them, because this is what is happening.”

An anonymous source of the group said that she and other supporters of the group London Fields Star had been fighting “disinformation” that had been circulating for months when they joined the group to write the letter. They hope to send a unanimous message to all who read the letter, which as Tang put it:

“It’s also a way to talk to all survivors and tell them, ‘You’re not alone.’

Wow, powerful stuff. Reaction?

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