Content note: transmisogyny, police brutality, domestic violence
In September 2006, a trans woman went to Sydney police to make a domestic violence report about her boyfriend. While he was in custody, two police officers outed her to her boyfriend, telling him - as quoted in the Daily Telegraph - “You’re rooting a bloke.” Upon his release, he attacked her in an assault that left her hospitalised for several days. Both officers were charged with unlawfully disclosing information and were initially convicted, but were acquitted on appeal on a pretty disgraceful legal technicality because the victim had revealed that she was trans in an unrelated court case years earlier. I’m holding back because of the circumstances, but it was an appalling case and the success of the appeal doesn’t change the immorality of what those officers did.
I blogged about the trial on my little-read feminist blog expressing unsurprising outrage about the case, eventually forgot about it, and let the blog domain lapse in 2011. And then in late December, I started receiving legal threats from one of the officers concerned. I subsequently discovered that he’d already tried to sue at least four other activists and media outlets who had covered his trial - and now apparently it’s my turn. I subsequently sought legal advice and discovered that I had a very strong case, but any legal defence costs money, and I need your help.
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