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

Cyberbullying of Victims

Cyberbullying of victims coming forward to allege abuse is now a well-known phenomenon.  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 survivors continue to pay for their courage in speaking out.

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Cyberbullying of victims merely represents a new approach to an age-old tactic: silencing survivors.

 

 

 

Cyberbullying Revenge Porn or Harassment Question? Get Answers

Cyberbullying Revenge Porn or Harassment Question

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

We will be launching our video blog soon. So 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.

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

Workplace inequality

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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Landlord Sexual Harassment – What To Do

landlord sexual harassment

As we know, sexual harassment isn’t limited to Hollywood.  The problem is insidious. It can be found wherever an imbalance of power exists, including in landlord-tenant relationships.  Landlord sexual harassment is a form of housing discrimination. It is unlawful. And it happens all too frequently.

The online publication Mogul released an important piece on what you should know and what you can do if you find yourself the victim of sexual harassment by your landlord.

You can read the full article at:

What to do when you are sexually harassed by your landlord.

Report Landlord Sexual Harassment

As outlined in the Mogul piece, you should report sexual harassment within one (1) year of its occurrence by filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD is responsible for enforcing violations of the Fair Housing Act, a federal law prohibiting housing discrimination.

You can get the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form to download, complete and return, or you can complete it online.

Or you can write HUD a letter, or call them.

HUD’s Regional Office for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee is located in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Regional Office of FHEO
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Five Points Plaza
40 Marietta Street, 16th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2806

(404) 331-5140
(800) 440-8091
TTY (404) 730-2654

If You Have Been Assaulted Call 911

If you are in danger (or perceive that you are), don’t mess around — call for help.

Find Somewhere Else to Stay

As noted in the article, even if you still have time left on your lease, if you continue to suffer landlord sexual harassment, it might be in your best interest to leave as soon as possible.

Document, Document, Document

Many people don’t report sexual harassment because they don’t know how to prove it happened. Some ways you can prove your case include:

  • Setting up surveillance video.
  • Contacting witnesses who have seen the harassment.
  • Creating a paper trail by documenting everything, and reporting the misconduct to the police or your local fair housing organization.

Hire a Lawyer

If you need help in putting a stop to landlord sexual harassment or if you have been a victim, you can get help from an experienced sexual harassment attorney.

 

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