A quick check of Wisconsin laws tells me that the statute of limitations for libel/slander is two years. I never libeled, defamed or slandered my abusive ex-friends, but when they found my blog, they threatened to sue me for this.
Even if Richard and Tracy were to still think they have a case, it has been between two and a half to four and a half years since I told friends, family, my priest and this blog about what happened, hoping for support, venting and help with healing. It has also been more than two and a half years since they made this threat.
They have suffered no job losses. If they even have jobs, I wouldn’t know who they work for, and wouldn’t contact their employers anyway. That just isn’t the kind of thing I do. We also do not run in the same circles except online, even though we live in the same city. They have absolutely no financial losses to claim because of me.
This tells me their threats were just intimidation meant to keep me quiet, that they were all bluster, that they hoped I was easy to intimidate, that they were indeed intentionally trying to gaslight me into doubting what I knew was true.
Instead, I stayed strong and brave, continuing to tell my story, keeping my blog up, keeping my mind and memory strong and secure against the gaslighting.
This tells you, the reader, to be brave and tell your own story of abuse. Don’t let your abusers silence you!