Amy Frank Fund

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Amy Frank is a neurobiology student at Arizona State University. Last year, she helped host a campus event, featuring Dr. Richard Carrier.  Soon after the event, Amy reported that Dr. Carrier made several romantic and sexual advances toward her.  In her own words,

“During the course of the night, Dr. Carrier brought up having sexual relations with my husband and I. He told me that he was disappointed that my husband wouldn't let me just have sex with him, but that'd he'd be willing to have my husband involved. My husband quickly fell asleep after arriving [at a friend’s] house. Dr. Carrier kept whispering to me how my husband wasn't awake and wouldn't be for a while (insinuating that he wouldn't know if we did something inappropriate)...He repeatedly pointed out the fact that'd he had a vasectomy and how it much it increased his sexual performance.

“Dr. Carrier made me feel very uncomfortable. He is very charming so he did not scare me at first, but he got increasingly creepy throughout the night. He is very obsessed with his sex life and has no problem sharing it with students, and trying to involve them in it. I would never feel okay going to another speaking event of his, or being in a private setting with him again. I think it would be unfair to his future female audiences to not say something about his actions. If something happened, I would feel partially at fault for not reporting his behavior.”

In June of this year, Amy Frank decided to publicly break the silence regarding her experience of being sexually harassed.  We could not be more proud of her for taking such a brave step and for being an example to women in the same situation.

Unfortunately, following her announcement, Amy learned she was facing a defamation lawsuit for coming forward with her story (view the letter here ).  As her friends, we created this campaign to fund her legal defense against the man who harassed her and is now suing her.

It's important that we support women taking a stand against sexual harassment. It is equally important to stand in solidarity with women when they need our help.

We will be bringing a bagged lunch to work and donating the price of lunch ($10) to Amy's defense. We hope you will join us.
 
If you are unable to donate please share and post this campaign on all of your social media. 

Amy should not have to be put under financial strain for voicing her experience.  Every bit goes a long way.
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The new campaign is live: http://gofundme.com/defense-vs-carrier-slapp

Please donate there. This page will be officially closed at the end of the month.
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Happy New Year! And has it ever been an eventful year.

First of all, thank you for standing with Amy and making this such a hopeful & empowering year for her - YOUR contributions made this possible! So much has happened and all so fast.

We are happy to report Amy and her attorney have been making wonderful progress. However, due to the pending defamation suit (details below), we are only going to share so much in support of our friend.

Since the start of the Go Fund Me campaign, Amy was served with the legal paperwork for a defamation lawsuit. What's more, she was named with the individuals Stephanie Zvan, Lauren Lane, and PZ Myers, and the organizations Skepticon, The Orbit, and Freethought Blogs.

For context, shortly after Amy went public with her story, Skepticon released a blog post announcing its decision to ban Richard Carrier from attending its annual conference (the post has since been taken down). The other parties involved had very similar responses to Amy's post and are facing the same legal consequences.

A new Go Fund Me is in the works for the whole group, and we will be publicizing it when it goes live. All the defendants are represented by the same attorney, First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza (randazza.com), who is providing his services at a discount, but they are not asking him to work for free. Plus, there are thousands of dollars in costs for the case that don’t include legal bills, and there is no way to discount those.

We are proud to report that from this point on Skepticon is taking point on fundraising* and we are closing this campaign page. Honestly, we could not be happier about placing the fundraising for Amy's legal bills in their hands - the money they raise directly goes to defending Amy.

Donations made through the link below will be used for their legal bills. Skepticon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and therefore donations may be tax deductible. Talk to your tax advisor!

No matter how far this goes, we are confident that the courts will see Amy's actions as both lawful and reasonable, and rule in her favor.


Donate here --> skepticon.org/help-skepticon-fight-the-good-fight

Follow us on Facebook and help spread the word! --> facebook.com/WeStandWithAmy



* We are committed to standing with Amy, so the language used in this update was heavily patterned off of Skepticon's recent public statement.* We are committed to supporting Amy, so the language used in this update was heavily patterned off of Skepticon's recent public statement.
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