On October 29, 2018, Christie Blatchford published an article in the National Post
stating that Steven Galloway was suing a total of 20 individuals, including the woman who had initially accused him of sexual assault, for defamation of character. The article publicly outed the woman formerly known only as the Main Complainant, and also named several other individuals in the CanLit community. According to the article, the claim seeks 'unspecified general, special and aggravated damages and a permanent injunction “requiring the defendants to remove the defamatory words from the internet and every other public postings” and restraining them from any further publishing.'
This fundraiser has been set up to help defray some of the initial legal expenses for the defendants. All monies received from this fundraiser will go directly toward the legal costs incurred for the case.
The legal and emotional stress for the defendants in this case will be high, and will add to what has already been an ongoing ordeal. I am hopeful, however, that the outpouring of support for the defendants which has already occurred online and in person can help to assure them that they aren't alone in this fight, and that there are many in the CanLit community who support them wholeheartedly.
This specific fundraiser is the first in what will be a series of fundraising initiatives, of both the online and in-person variety. The goal for this initial fundraiser will be to help with initial costs; as there will be longer-term costs as well, larger fundraising initiatives are in the process of being put in place. I will post updates on any additional fundraising measures as they arise. I am in contact with the lawyers involved in representing some of the defendants, and working with GoFundMe to determine the best route for the funds to ensure that they are distributed fairly and with maximum impact.
Please read and share this initiative as widely as you can, and consider contributing if you are in a position to do so. My hope is that all who are named in the suit can know how much we need their voices and their words--with your help, we can remind them all how loved and valued they are.
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if you would like to talk about donating via an alternate method.
I am a writer myself and part of the Canadian literary community, and I've been heartened to see the response to this campaign in the short time that it's been up. Let's be there for one another, friends. Hugs and strength to all.