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Today I speak with my friend Kate Rose, who has been involved in a defamation lawsuit for the past 4 years. Weeks away from trial, Kate is ready to break her silence about the Plaintiff in the case, Danny Gallagher.
Kate’s story begins in 2017, when she was a self-described “liberal-baby doula” and joined numerous online forums to grow her birth work business. Shortly thereafter, Danny Gallagher joined multiple birth-focused groups, too. Armed with a tragic story, he gained sympathy in these otherwise women-only spaces. Soon though, he was dominating the groups with posts and advice, advertising opportunities to make as much as $5k per month with hardly any effort. Kate reached out, but soon found out the “big opportunity” was porn. Before long, it became clear Danny’s recruitment efforts were not limited to Kate, and he was booted from multiple doula and mother’s facebook groups. When women tried to share information about Gallagher’s actions, he retaliated. Gallagher has since sued over 20 women, mostly low-income birth workers and mothers, claiming $5 million in damages apiece for defamation. Kate explains why defamation cases are the perfect way to maintain contact with victims of abuse and prevent them from speaking out. We get into DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender) tactics and how individuals can exploit the legal system to tie women up in prolonged court cases.
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