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Depp vs. Heard: Trial no one can avoid is over. The conversations you’ve sparked around abuse, domestic violence, and #MeToo will continue. But let’s not make a move of millions around two celebrities.
From every angle, Johnny Depp-Amber Heard’s trial was amazing. And thanks to live cameras in the courtroom – a rarity during trials focused on allegations of domestic violence – every look and gesture can be clipped, commented on and shared across all corners of social media. Domestic violence organizations warn that it can have a “scary effect” on survivors.
Let’s talk about that…
We don’t have to tell you that Heard has been defamed on social media. An astonishing level of hatred toward the actress, from men’s rights activists and Depp fans, has been flooding Tik Tok, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter for weeks. It was relentlessly chaotic. It seemed that Deep Heard’s trial had ended largely in Depp’s favour. While the jury found defamation on both sides, Depp was awarded more money. However, some experts have raised inconsistencies in the ruling, and Heard plans to appeal. No matter what happens, the damage has already been done.
Reminder: The Depp-Heard trial were two defamation cases. It was not a criminal case of domestic violence. But according to experts, revenge – even the mere threat of it – has long been a systematic part of the playbooks of abusers. Now, advocates worry that after watching Deep Heard’s trial, abuse survivors will be more afraid to speak out. Not just because they might not be believed. But because they are afraid of ridicule, humiliation and insults. Even sued her. Especially if similar defamation cases are moving forward and make the headlines. See: Marilyn Manson sues Evan Rachel Wood. Dave Portnoy sued from the inside.
You are the one who said that. Some fear that Deep Heard’s trial could set a dangerous precedent for defamation cases. But others say that survivors should not be deterred from speaking the truth (or reporting it to the authorities) over a single high-profile case. Legally speaking, defamation is defined as a person who publishes or transmits lies about another person with intent to damage their reputation (which can include social media). Although in reality, even when the accusations are true, the alleged assailant can still drag you to court. It’s just another tool that abusers can use. But survivors can also sue their abusers if they are accused of making things up.
The startling fact is that 1 in 3 women – and 1 in 4 men – in the United States experiences domestic violence. Those numbers are almost certainly higher, as it is estimated that nearly half of all accidents may go unreported, according to the Justice Department. Remember: There are resources and laws in place to protect survivors. The vocalization has gone too far to begin to take steps back.
note: If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Weekends mean more time to do the things you love. For many of us, this is reading. But we can’t engrave everything for you. So instead, we give you a look at the readings we’ve saved, emailed, and sent to our friends…
Elliot Paige’s Ecstasy…as he puts it, the Oscar-nominated actor offers an intimate look into his life as one of the world’s most famous transgender men.
How Bodegas became cultural beauty centers…an ode to adulthood, New York’s most special department store.
Jane’s women risked everything…a new documentary highlights the secret network of women that provided safe and affordable abortions in the previous days Raw vs. Wade.
Quitting doesn’t mean doing nothing. Here’s one idea to make the most of your weekend.
Summer (unofficially) is here. And after two years of pandemic-related delays and delays, you may be ready to make up for lost time with an adventure far from home. It’s a trend that experts describe as “revenge travel.” And to help make sure your revenge is great, here are travel itineraries to suit just about every interest. (Don’t forget those clever travel accessories or flight essentials.)
I like to get lost in Fantastic TV show? Think of a trip that lets you live your favorite stories. You can make tea for Queen Charlotte at Bridgerton. Traverse the Scottish Highlands as a time traveler in Outlander. Or you could take a Yellowstone-inspired trip to Yellowstone, yes.
more In harmony with nature from TV? Try the bird flight. Think: the days filled with recognizing the wings of wings, the calls of the wilderness (don’t forget your boxes!), and nights spent sleeping in the trees. Or you can take an astral trip to one of the country’s starry dark sky reserves.
travel through Pride month? Visit the landmarks where LGBTQ+ history has been made, both in the United States and abroad. (If you reside in the US, be sure to support gay-owned businesses along the way.)
And if you are thinking that meals are the highlight of any trip, visit Best Diners In every state you are guaranteed to feel full. Ready, go, go!
note: we Your Qs answered About summer travel — from dealing with COVID-19 testing requirements, to whether airfare and gas costs will come down, and more.
Eyes on: Mid-Term 2022
Midterm elections have a huge impact on the policies that affect our daily lives. So we are here to help you Skim your ballot. What will happen next week…
state(s) of play: on me Tuesday 7 Junethere primaries in California (Senate, House, Governor), Yes (Senate, House, Governor), Mississippi (a house), Montana (a house), New Jersey (Pete), and New Mexico (House, ruler).
There are some tumultuous Senate (see: Iowa) and cabinet (see: New Mexico) elections this week. But most of the attention is focused on House races, thanks to newly redrawn Congressional maps after redistricting. As is the case in…
California , In most House primary elections, there is an incumbent Democratic Representative running for re-election. This is part of what makes the state so attractive to the Republican Party, as it tries to regain control of the House of Representatives.
Yesdue to redistricting, Republicans believe they may have a chance to oust the lone Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation.
Montana, which has racked up a second delegate in the House of Representatives, after owning only one for decades. Meaning, it doubled the size of its delegation. The change is expected to benefit Republicans, who are likely to choose former Home Secretary Ryan Zinke as their nomination.
New JerseyDemocrats flipped a few seats during Trump’s presidency. But after a closer-than-expected government race last year, some Republicans are looking at the House seats with fresh eyes. Its primary use is to test how competitive some are.
noteThe results of this election are up to the voters. click over here Learn more about how to make your vote count.
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