4. Slander

Defamation of Character, Slander, Libel, etc.

Wow. Am I sick of this one. These words are thrown around so easily, and so many don’t know what they even mean, let alone what it takes to win a civil suit on defamation or slander.

Slander and libel are false or malicious claims that may harm someone’s reputation.” (Wikipedia)

Key word there: FALSE

Again, not a court of law, number one. Number two, not a civil court, either.

This is community.

Saying and writing things, even true, can bring about a civil case for defamation, which are extremely expensive and nearly impossible to win.

  1. Prove that the defendant made a defamatory statement about the plaintiff. A defamatory statement is one that damages a plaintiff’s reputation for good character.
  2. Prove that the defendant published the defamatory statement about the plaintiff
  3. Prove that the defendant knew that the defamatory statement was false. (Source)

That last one is the kicker. The burden of proof in a civil case is on the plaintiff.

Plus, the truth is a defense and sexual assault is a matter of public concern.