Carrie Goldberg takes on psycho stalkers, dating apps and Harvey Weinstein
After a man she had dated went on a frightening and intense campaign of online abuse, attorney and author Carrie Goldberg was stunned by how the American justice system failed to protect her. And she knew she couldn't be alone. "I quit my job, and I decided I was going to become the lawyer I had needed," she told Mary Elizabeth Williams on "Salon Talks."
"I couldn't find people to help me, people who were familiar with this psychotic, scorched earth jilted ex type of behavior." Now there are. Since founding C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, Goldberg and her team have represented scores of men and women who have been targeted for stalking, revenge porn and more. They've also taken on powerful entities like the New York City Department of Education to bring about systemic change. Goldberg chronicles her experiences
including going toe to toe with Harvey Weinstein's team
in her new book, "Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls."
More recently, Goldberg's firm has been working for a client whose ex-boyfriend repeatedly impersonated him on the dating app Grindr, giving out the man's home and work addresses and "setting our client up to be raped."
"This is not an online crime. A tech device was used to facilitate a very offline crime. These people were coming in real life," she explained. "We said, we've got to get Grindr involved legally. We got an order against them demanding they exclude this [harassing] user. They told us in court, on the record that they didn't have the technology to identify and exclude abusive users." But that wasn't good enough for Goldberg, who's now taking the case to the Supreme Court. "We said, then you've designed a defective product, and we're going to sue the bejeezus out of you."
Watch the episode above to hear more about what Goldberg calls "by far the saddest cases" involving teenage victims.
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