Journalist Tracey Spicer has accused three women of defamation after part one of her three-part documentary series Silent No More, about sexual assault and violence, was aired on the ABC. Spicer, who hosts the documentary, drew criticism from sexual assault and family violence survivors and advocates after the ABC failed to blur out the names of some survivors of sexual abuse or harassment before the documentary was posted on its media-only TV publicity site. Advocates argued Spicer should never have allowed the details to be filmed. A portion of one woman’s email to Spicer was filmed by camera crews without the woman’s consent, which was particularly concerning to the woman because her alleged abuser worked in the media. The ABC edited out the stories and details of the women affected before broadcasting the documentary. On Monday, before part two of the documentary was aired on the ABC, lawyer Michael Bradley from Marque Lawyers confirmed three clients had received a letter from Spicer’s lawyers about social media posts in relation to the exposure of the survivors’ details. One client was the woman whose alleged abuser worked in the media. Another was not part of the documentary but is an advocate for… Read full this story
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