If you’re reading this you’ve probably been following the drama on twitter in which I was harassed, doxxed and intimidated after I asked if a book was problematic. I have been open and honest about my role in this situation, though some people continue to paint me as “evil”, “toxic” and a harassing bully myself. That so many people came out to support me today, and were blocked by CH for doing so (who then locked her account, and subsequently deleted it altogether) just goes to show that it is almost universally agreed that her behaviour was abhorrent and unprofessional.
Here are the emails I sent to CH. I am not posting her responses for obvious reasons, but I think its pretty clear from my side of the dialogue what I was responding to.
1st email sent immediately after I received the notification from PayPal that she had sent £0.01 and a threat of legal action:
“Hi Claire, thanks for reaching out I have to say I’m a baffled by your threats to take legal action.
I do not believe that asking if the contents of your book are problematic and potentially harmful to those with eating disorders is defamation?
And in fact, my friend, who after reading the free sample on kindle was indeed triggered by your writing which has potentially caused a relapse in their eating disorder.
I exchanged only a few tweets with you, none of which were defamatory, perhaps you’d be willing to explain from your perspective?
Ad I said in one of my tweets to you, you, as an author, have a responsibility to your readership to refrain from writing harmful content.
My questioning of your book (which I did read the reviews for and read the free sample myself by the way) was purely out of concern for the potential damage it could cause. This is following the recent similar calling out of other authors/books for perpetuating harmful racism, ableism and mental illness tropes. (The Black Witch & Carve the Mark)
I think it’s doubly abhorrent that you would act so callously (without reasonable cause) towards a multiply disabled single parent in poverty.
Like I said, please clarify which of my tweets were defamatory and why
I look forward to hearing your explanation.
2nd email in response to her, in which I address the multiple complaints she had and the accusations that she made, as well as offering to delete said “defamatory” tweets.
My response to her deleting the tweet. Please note that she has still failed to identify the tweets that she was unhappy with, continues to make false accusations and hadn’t responded to the majority of my previous lengthy email. It was during this time that for some reason, despite already being engaged in a dialogue via email, that she, for the second time, sent me £0.01 via paypal with another threat.
“Thank you for deleting the tweet. My first name is in my JustGiving page but not my full name. My friends and the book community are being very supportive and are horrified at your actions. I have not harassed you. we exchanged 2/3 tweets in total. Any further tweets about you were me defending myself when your fans came to troll me.
You have no legal case. You are a vindictive person who had a childish reaction at someone being negative about your book. My very first tweet to you was neither aggressive nor hostile. You could have responded very differently, however, you chose to go instantly on the defense and cause this shit storm yourself. I had forgotten about you after you blocked me. You however, chose to maliciously intimidate and harass me for your own satisfaction. I simply asked if your book was problematic, your actions since then have resulted in you making yourself look like a childish, nasty harasser. If your reputation is ruined, its because of YOUR actions, not mine.
I hope this is the last I hear from you, and I hope you’re ashamed of your behaviour.”
And finally, she was outraged that I suggested she had no legal case, kept mentioning her solicitors again (who I’m yet to hear from) and funnily enough, when it was clear that I was refusing to back down, lost her cool and got sweary with me. I STILL have not been asked to delete any tweets, she vaguely says ” you might want to delete” and “you can choose whether or not to do that”.
“Again, please provide me with proof of where i have made assertions about your mental health, I have done no such thing. I have not accused you of setting out to do deliberate harm either, I simply postured that the contents of your book ARE harmful and triggering and that you as an author must take responsibility for that. Your work HAS caused mental distress – to myself and other people. Me saying so is neither untrue nor libellous.
By sharing my LinkedIn page, you did indeed doxx me. You shared my full name, contact details and employment history, none of which have ever been publicly available on my twitter account. In doing so, you have revealed personal information that could be used against me by trolls.
Appropriated language meant to protect the vulnerable? I AM the vulnerable, I’m protecting myself against you and your fans who think that sustained harassment and smearing of me is acceptable behaviour. I made no assumptions about anyone’s disabilities/conditions. I made a comment after hours of being insulted and provoked by people defending you, with no knowledge that that person was unable to have children, I immediately apologised and called myself out for it. YOU and they despite having full knowledge of my disabilities and mental health issues, chose to sustain an attack on me.
Again, nothing I have said about you is defamatory. It is all true, and all you are doing is digging yourself into a bigger whole. Please stop playing the victim in all this when you are in fact the perpetrator. I HAVE NOT lied about you anywhere. I have not accused you of murder or indirectly killing people. I have however, said that the content of at least 2 of your books has the potential to cause harm to people with mental illness.
Sharing private correspondence? You mean the passive aggressive threats you sent to me on PayPal? That shared only your name (which is publicly available anyway) and your cruel words. Not doxxing in the slightest. Clear from my TL that I do this often? You are the first author I have ever engaged with in this way. If you’re referring to me calling out shitty people, then yes, I do that often as part of my intersectional activism. Without consequences? One of your fans told me to “go jump in front of a train”. I regularly get trolled, harassed and abused for daring to highlight and call out problematic stuff.
Anyway, your actions have horrified a great number of people so should you wish to pursue a legal case against me, I will have no problem in getting pro bono legal representation. You have also led people to donate to my paypal and just giving funds so thank you for that.
I also have screenshots of everything you have tweeted and have been advised that I have a substantial case against you with regards to harassment. I would like to take this moment to refer you to the tragic case of Julia Lonewolf, who took her own life after she was treated the way you are treating me. Tread VERY carefully when you consider continuing your actions against me.
Please do not contact me again.”
So there you have it. I tried to remain civil and mature, I think given the circumstances I did a pretty good job of that.
Best wishes to CH who I hope is taking time out to reflect and self evaluate.