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Hello Tiffany, Sorry for the delay, but I have been cooking my dinner.Why not consider banding together with the other parents whose children have been abused and suing the school civilly? That way the story comes out in an arena where you are protected, and you can alert the media once the case has begun.Truth is an absolute defense to a slander or libel charge. That doesn't mean, of course, that they cannot sue you for defamation, only that if your evidence is stronger than theirs you win.Involving the media but not revailing the agency you are talking about warns nobody, and what you say loses effect if you don't take what legal action you can.
Thanks for clarifying, I assumed this was a school. If the case is already assigned to a prosecutor then it will be prosecuted. Then what you would have to do is make sure you give whatever evidence you have and the names of whatever other witnesses you have to further their case and help you prepare it. But there is no reason that you couldn't sue just because the prosecutor is contemplating the pressing of charges.Bringing criminal charges does not exclude bringing a civil suit, because the two courts are about different things. Civil court will make you whole financially and could pay damages as well if the evidence supports that. Criminal is simply about punishing this woman for a wrongdoing. In any case, here are the elements of a defamation suit in Hawaii. All four of the following elements are what this woman would have to prove by a preponderance of the evidence in order to find you guilty of slander:(a) that you made a false and defamatory statement concerning another; (b) that you published (told) the statements to a third party without authority. (c) that you published them negligently; and(d) that there was harm caused by the publication. So if you stick to what you can prove, you can avert a decision for the plaintiff if they sue you for slander. You could also countersue, of course, if you want to wait for them to throw the first legal stone.
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