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Mar 28 2014

You’re Bloody Amazing, Is What You Are!

So yesterday, a post went up asking for contributions for a legal fund to help Karen Stollznow fight Ben Radford’s asshole lawsuit. I’d had my fingers crossed for a long time, hoping this day would come. Had cash ready and everything. Good thing I was watching for it, because I barely got me contribution in before you amazing people pushed it over the $30,000 goal. In six hours.

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And now the thing’s up to nearly $40k, and I’m thinking Ben Radford is going to end up dangling from his ankles while Karen’s lawyers shake him for spare change.

Because of you, a woman who’s already suffered at the hands of an asshole will not have to settle with his asshole of a lawyer to avoid complete ruin. Our legal system is a fucking mess, so I can’t predict she’ll win, but it’s my fervent hope that Radford lives the rest of his life in crippling debt, loved only by the handful of terrible people who like to call themselves skeptics but are really raging fuckwads who live to harm others, and perhaps a dog, although I’m not sure a dog’s famous impulse for affection is quite so strong as that.

I’ll be donating this month’s filthy lucre from this very blog. If Karen doesn’t need it, the people who advocate for sexual assault victims certainly could use it, and all her excess is going to that good cause. I had an advocate with me whilst navigating the legal system in an attempt to make my rapist pay, and I can tell you that she made all the difference in the world. I’m happy to see funds go toward that cause. I hope sincerely that the entire amount can make it there, on account of Radford having to pay any and all legal fees, plus a hefty settlement.

Even if it doesn’t, even if it takes all we can give and more to fight this thing, it’s still worth it. It’s time to send a message to harassers who love to use lawsuits to shut their victims up that it ain’t gonna work no more. Too many of us in this community have had it. And our pockets are jingling with just enough spare change to hire an excellent lawyer and give ‘em the old what-for. This nonsense must stop.

I’ve always known that our side of the divide is filled with the best people. The response to Karen’s fundraiser absolutely proves that. Those of you who donated, those of you who can’t but are cheering from the sidelines, those of you who are taking a stand for real justice: you are what makes this the best place to be.

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If you’ve got the funds to spare, throw a little extra change Karen’s way. It’ll help make it clear that we’ve drawn a very firm line, and those who choose to cross it had best be prepared for pain.

Those who don’t know what all this is about can find out at our own Lousy Canuck’s excellent timeline.

3 comments

  1. 1
    rq

    What amazes me is the lack of skepticism and the willingness to fabricate information on behalf of BR, while simultaneously putting down others for not putting enough skeptical thought into their decisions. What was that called – groupthink? confirmation bias? cognitive dissonance? somethingorother?
    Either way, I haven’t been able to donate (no credit card, no paypal, also wrong end of the month), but I’m fervently behind this and I really really hope Ben Radford gets his comeuppance. Go Dr Stollznow!

  2. 2
    Wowbagger, Designated Snarker

    rq wrote:

    What amazes me is the lack of skepticism and the willingness to fabricate information on behalf of BR, while simultaneously putting down others for not putting enough skeptical thought into their decisions. What was that called – groupthink? confirmation bias? cognitive dissonance? somethingorother?

    You’re forgetting what’s the most important thing to the so-called ‘skeptics’ who support Radford: that every other skeptical tool gets tossed out the window when it’s the word of a dudebro against a woman, especially when the topic is harassment.

  3. 3
    rq

    Oh, I know, dudebros are skeptical and they never lie, but those WIMMIN can’t ever ever be trusted.
    It still amazes me.
    In that sad, pathetic kind of amazement way.

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