Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls

Plume: Penguin. Aug. 2019. 304p. notes. index. ISBN 9780525533771. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780525533795. SOC SCI
ictims’ rights lawyer Goldberg gained attention after a 2016 New Yorker profile described her as “the attorney fighting revenge porn.” The author’s first book expounds on her role as a consummate lawyer for the #MeToo era and delves into not only specific clients’ cases and nightmare scenarios but also the events that motivated her to start her own firm. Goldberg was working in the nonprofit sector when she was swept off her feet by someone who later became controlling and psychically abusive; when she ended the relationship, he began stalking and terrorizing her, armed with digital ammunition. The fallout gradually consumed Goldberg’s life. In her practice she seeks to provide the kind of legal and emotional support she found lacking in her own experience, taking cases without any guarantee of payment, as many of her clients are traumatized, frequently marginalized, and disbelieved. Clashing with big tech companies such as Grindr, whose executives appear to care little for how their platforms are misused, Goldberg must navigate both the intricacies of First Amendment rights as well as copyright law as it relates to digital ownership and right to privacy.
VERDICT Timely, disturbing, and informative; for all collections.

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