A White Rock woman is applauding a criminal harassment charge against a Burnaby man, after he created a “revenge website” including private photos, contact information, and alleged defamatory comments against his ex-wife.
Back in February, Canadian officials declined to prosecute Patrick Fox for the website, because there wasn’t enough evidence he would physically harm his ex. Fox had admitted he created the site to cause “as much damage to her reputation and life as possible.”
One victim of similar online harassment says it’s a living nightmare, and she’s happy to see authorities finally taking action.
“I think there definitely should be laws around it. Defamation laws don’t even apply to it because it’s anonymous and people are protected by this particular website”
These were some of the allegations:
“Sleep around, have sex for money, use drugs…”
She says she became depressed after comments surfaced in 2014.
“I was going to work and there was this stigma attached to me going to work that I was a prostitute. It affected my every day life, I really went through a stage where we barely wanted to leave the house. And even sitting at home, losing friendships.”
Karen says she spoke to lawyers and police but was told the website is anonymous and as long as physical threats weren’t uttered no action could be taken.