Book Launch - Suing for Silence: Sexual Violence and Defamation Law

Thu Mar 07 2024 at 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Glad Day Bookshop | Toronto

Mandi Gray
Publisher/HostMandi Gray
Book Launch - Suing for Silence: Sexual Violence and Defamation Law
Join us on March 7, 2024, for the official Book Launch of "Suing for Silence: Sexual Violence and Defamation Law" (UBC Press) by Mandi Gray
About this Event

On March 7, 2024, UBC Press and Glad Day Bookshop will host the official launch of by Mandi Gray.

This event is free to attend but we encourage you RSVP to ensure your spot!

Refreshments will be served.

Book Synopsis:

The arrival of the #MeToo movement was long overdue, putting sexual violence in the spotlight and opening up public discussion of the problem. It also sparked a global anti-feminist backlash. Suing for Silence is a groundbreaking examination of how abusive men use defamation lawsuits as a weapon against anyone who attempts to hold them accountable.

As Mandi Gray demonstrates, Canadian defamation law is being employed to silence survivors and advocates who speak out about sexual violence, perpetuating the myth that false allegations are common. Gray draws on media reports, courtroom observations, and interviews with silence breakers, activists, and lawyers from across Canada to examine the impact of so-called liar lawsuits on those who report or are thinking of reporting sexual violence, and on public discourse. Her meticulous work reveals the gendered underpinnings of defamation law, which has long protected men’s reputations at the expense of women’s sexual autonomy.

Suing for Silence argues that such suits ought to be recognized as Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs), whose purpose is not to achieve justice but to intimidate, silence, and drain the financial and emotional resources of those who speak out against sexual violence and even report their own assaults – and to discourage others from doing the same. Sexual violence discourse must have adequate protection if it is to be heard.

Researchers in socio-legal studies, victimology, law, psychology, and sociology will find this a powerfully convincing work. It will also be invaluable to lawyers specializing in defamation and sexual violence litigation, survivors of sexual violence, feminist activists, sexual assault centre workers, and policy and lawmakers.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto, Canada


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