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Porträtt av Ulrika Andersson. Foto.

Ulrika Andersson

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Porträtt av Ulrika Andersson. Foto.

The Only Path to Justice : The Criminal Legal System and Defamation Judgments Related to #MeToo in Sweden

Författare

  • Ulrika Andersson
  • Linnea Wegerstad

Summary, in English

This article presents a study of court judgments involving women who, in connection with #MeToo, identified alleged perpetrators of sexual violence in social media and were later prosecuted for and convicted of criminal defamation in Sweden. We conceptualise the use of social media to share experiences of sexual violence as an informal path to justice. First, we show that this is supported by how court judgments describe women’s reasons for sharing their information, such as telling their story and sharing it with others. Second, according to Swedish defamation law, a truth defence is allowed only if the defamatory statement is first considered to be justifiable, balancing between the defendant’s interest of freedom of speech and the complainant’s interest of honour and reputation. We show that an informal justice mechanism, such as speaking out on social media, is not a recognised defence against defamation claims. In effect, the criminal justice system emerges as the only path to justice for victims of sexual violence, simultaneously making perpetrators invisible and victims responsible for telling without naming.

Avdelning/ar

  • Juridiska institutionen
  • Health Law
  • Mänskliga rättigheter
  • Rätt och utsatthet

Publiceringsår

2024-05-21

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Feminist Legal Studies

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Springer

Ämne

  • Law

Nyckelord

  • Sexual violence
  • Criminal justice
  • Defamation
  • #metoo
  • Sweden
  • Straffrätt
  • Sverige

Aktiv

Published

Projekt

  • The #metoo momentum and its aftermath:digital justice seeking and societal and legal responses

Forskningsgrupp

  • Health Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Law and Vulnerabilities

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0966-3622