Q: Can a person mention by name, the people she accuses of sexual abuse on a talk show?
A woman was sexually abused in prison, and the claim is legitimate, as reported by a reliable news source. Can she mention the accused by name, without actually accusing them again. In other words, she is telling her story. One of the accused perpetrators has a history of this type of behavior, but the investigation was not favorable to her. All she wants to do is tell her story. Can she do this without repercussion?
It depends. The concern would be defending a defamation claim. In the state of Georgia, slander may occur when a person falsely imputes a crime to a person, falsely claims the plaintiff has a communicable disorder/disease, or falsely says the plaintiff committed a “debasing act.” It is best to consult an attorney who can assist you with the specifics.
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A: She can tell her story but she may be sued for slander, i.e. falsely accusing another of a criminal act. Of course, truth is a defense and she would be entitled to a trial on the issue of veracity of her statements.
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