Talking Back to Restraining Orders Online: What the First Amendment Says Is Okay

TALKING BACK to restraining orders

“If someone puts a restraining order on you, can you write about it online?”

—Google query that brought a visitor here recently

Here are some other search terms that led people to this site last week: “lying to obtain a restraining order,” “false cps reports perjury,” “fake rape restraining order,” “restraining order lie,” “falsely accused of molestation […],” “ex lied on order of protection,” “what happens when a bogus pfa is filed on a police officer[?],” “protection order fraud,” “old restraining order keeping me from coaching,” “ex-girlfriend lied about domestic violence and i lost my career.”

You see why people might be inspired to talk back.

I’ve addressed the topic of writing about restraining orders in past posts: “To Victims of Restraining Order Abuse: BLOG IT” and “What’s Legal, What’s Iffy, and What’s Not: How to Talk about a ‘Restraining Ordeal’ without Risking More of the Same Mistreatment.” I’ve…

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