Over the past 6 month, my boyfriend's previous lover has attacked and spoke out about me and my relationship over social media. I have had her blocked and haven't had any communication with her for the most recent months, but she continues to post. I struggle with an OCD/anxiety disorder and have experienced episodes of panic attacks and at one point carried out thoughts of self harm. Are there any legal steps that I can take to prevent her from posting anything else?
The previous lover is free to discuss her relationship and speak about you. You can sue if she is defaming you.
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I am sorry to hear about your situation. You narrative, however, does not state that your boyfriend's previous lover is doing anything illegal. It is not illegal to post about almost anything if it is opinion or true. You do not state how she is attacking you. You have not described any situation that would constitute a harassing criminal communication. You have not mentioned any violation of Alabama's revenge porn law. Please provide more information for a more informed response. At this point, there is not even a basis for a cease and desist letter. Hopefully, you will provide more information and the forum can provide you with some suggestions. I wish you the best in resolving this issue.
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Unless there are threats that rise to criminal level or posting nude photos or something that would qualify as revenge porn, there probably is not. You can report every post to the platform (FB, Twitter, etc. ) as harassment and if violates their Terms of Service they may remove or close account.
Non-legal advice: best thing may be to block and ignore, even if that means staying off social media. Why go looking for things that upset you. There is a saying, living well is the best revenge. Enjoy your relationship with your boyfriend and take heart in the fact that the ex is living a miserable existence if all she can do is post about you or your boyfriend. Ignore her and enjoy your life!
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