Attorney Candice Blain Offers Expertise in Spin Article on Cyberbullying of Victims Alleging Abuse by Celebrities

After #MeToo Fan Harassment

Attorney Candice Blain lent her expertise on cyberbullying and online harassment in an article recently published by Spin: After #MeToo: Accusers of R. Kelly, Jesse Lacey, and More on Enduring Fan Harrassment

The article by Andy Cush explores in-depth the phenomenon of harassment by fan armies and the experiences of women who have come forward to accuse celebrity musicians—such as R. Kelly, the late rapper XXXTentacion, Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson bassist), Jesse Lacey (Brand New), and William Francis (William Control)—of abuse only to then suffer harassment, bullying, and abuse, both online and in real life, at the hands of the accused musician’s fans.

Discussing Kesha’s battle against Dr. Luke, and her decision to talk publicly of her abuse, Cush notes that speaking up rather than going quiet, while difficult, is often the best or even sole option for survivors seeking justice, writing:

She is believed, which is what all survivors are asking for on a baseline level, and she received the kind of support that would be offered to all survivors in an ideal world.

The piece discusses an important problem as it exists today: cyberbullying and online harassment, and the price victims continue to pay for their courage in speaking out.

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Have a Cyberbullying, Revenge Porn or Harassment Question?

Have a Cyberbullying, Revenge Porn or Harassment Question

Have a cyberbullying, revenge porn or harassment question? Do you have a burning question about cyber-harassment or related issues you need answered? Are you looking for advice on how to handle an issue involving online abuse?

We will be launching our video blog soon. Send us your question – and attorney Candice Blain will answer it.

Naturally, we would never divulge your identity.  (But we will discretely notify you when an answer to your question is posted.)

If you have a question – send it to us now. Use our online contact form.

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Revenge Porn is a Crime in Georgia

Revenge porn is a crime in Georgia – it is illegal.

O.C.G.A. § 16-11-90 states:

(1) Electronically transmits or posts, in one or more transmissions or posts, a photograph or video which depicts nudity or sexually explicit conduct of an adult when the transmission or post is harassment or causes financial loss to the depicted person and serves no legitimate purpose to the depicted person; or

(2) Causes the electronic transmission or posting, in one or more transmissions or posts, of a photograph or video which depicts nudity or sexually explicit conduct of an adult when the transmission or post is harassment or causes financial loss to the depicted person and serves no legitimate purpose to the depicted person.

Whether you directly do it yourself – or cause it to be done to another person – it is a crime.

Revenge porn is a crime

Sharing intimate images of another person is a misdemeanor the first time.  Do it again, and it becomes a felony.

It is a crime in Georgia.  If you violate this law you can be arrested and fingerprinted.

 

Workplace Inequality and Injustice – TIME’S UP

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Our law firm has joined TIME’S UP in their fight against workplace inequality and injustice by becoming a member of The National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity.

Legal Network for Gender Equity fights Workplace InequalityTIME'S UP on workplace inequality and injustice

TIME’S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere.

From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.

Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.

Learn more about the TIME’S UP project and mission.


TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund Helps Fight Workplace Inequality

In addition to providing online information and resources, TIME’S UP has set up a legal defense fund to aid in the fight against workplace inequality and injustice.

TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund wiill subsidize legal support for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment or related retaliation in the workplace.

The Fund is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center, an established, national women’s rights legal organization.

A network of lawyers and public relations professionals across the country will work with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity to provide assistance to those who have experienced harassment or retaliation.

Access to prompt and comprehensive legal and communications help will mean empowerment for these individuals and long-term growth for our culture and communities as a whole.

Legal Representation for Workplace Inequality and Injustice

Our law firm specializes in helping victims, including victims of workplace discrimination, retaliation, and harassment.

Workplace sexual harassment is unlawful in all states under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender.  (It also prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of other protected traits, such as a person’s race, national origin, or religion.)

Under this and other sexual harassment laws, an employer is said to have discriminated when an employee is subjected to severe or pervasive harassment at work on the basis of sex.

If you are a victim of workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, inequality, or injustice, we may be able to help.

Contact us now.

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Discuss issues relating to current gender-related and social justice issues, such as workplace sexual harassment, cyber abuse, and sexual assault & rape at our online forum & community.


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Property Owners Responsible for Keeping Walkways Safe

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In Georgia, property owners are responsible for keeping premises in reasonably safe condition to prevent those visiting the property from getting injured.  This means they should be ready for snow days in Atlanta, even though they are rare.

To avoid liability, a property owner should, on snowy or icy days, take reasonable measures like removing snow from paths and walkways and spreading salt (or brine) to prevent people from slipping and falling.  This responsibility is not limited merely to areas within the boundaries of the owner’s property.  It also extends to areas used by visitors to access the property.

Finally, property owners should remember that this duty is not solely owed to those that are invited by the owner or business onto the property.  An owner may be held responsible even if the injured person’s presence was unwanted at that time.  In other words, if an owner has reason to anticipate people may come onto the property, reasonable precautions should be taken to make sure it is safe.

So, Atlanta business owners: clear the snow. Even on days when Atlanta is closed.

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