Remember the western series GUNSMOKE? Well, there was an episode where a former saloon girl was about to marry a hard working farmer. Before the wedding she saw an old customer who came out of no where to a remote outdoor festival with her future brother in-laws and friends. This evil man, who boasted to his friends that she was crazy about him then and now, decided to slander her reputation to her future husband.
After the fight between her fiancé and the evil man, (Her future husband could not allow his own reputation to suffer from this insult. ) the poor woman was preparing to go away assuming her fiancé would never marry her. She was hurt and ashamed.
Have you ever been the victim of slander? Do you know anyone else who has suffered from this terrible form of verbal abuse?
The problem with slander is that by the time the real truth comes out the damage has already been done. The victim may lose friends, family and faith in the fact that the truth can emerge.
WHAT EVERY VICTIM OF SLANDER MUST DO
The woman in the GUNSMOKE episode would have gotten on a horse and rode away if she was not stopped by a friend. She then began to pour out the entire story. She told about how the evil man had forced his attentions on her when he arrived that day. She also explained the real facts about the relationship when she worked in the saloon. This friend encouraged her to communicate the truth she shared with her- to her fiancé.
So, she found her fiancé, who was still confused and angry. She shared her past and present. She said, “I wanted you to know the truth. ” He responded by saying, “I just want you to talk to me. You must always remember to talk to me” Although they did not get married that day. ( It was not because of the situation but because the preacher was hurt during the fight. ) They rode away with the entire family happy and secure.
But the moral of this story example is that COMMUNICATION is the first line of defense when slander has taken place. Friends and family should know the truths that have been twisted. Those that are true friends and loved ones will stand by you through the storm.
What about Defamation?
If a person or the news media says or writes something about you that harms your reputation, or that keeps people from associating with you, defamation has occurred. Slander is oral defamation, and libel is written defamation.
If you have been harmed by the defamatory remarks or statements of another, you can also seek the advice of a libel and slander attorney in your area.
Lets all work hard to fight the terrible effects of slander and defamation. Stand and support those who are hurting. Seek out the truth!
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Rosemary Horner, Copyright 2007(c)