#Balancetonporc: "The benefit of good faith must be recognized to Sandra Muller", says the Paris Court of Appeal which overturns her conviction for defamation
On Wednesday 31 March 2021, Sandra Muller, journalist and initiator of the "Balance Ton Porc" movement, saw her conviction for defamation reversed on appeal. Prosecuted by Eric Brion, she had been sentenced in first instance, in September 2019, to pay 15,000 euros in damages to the man she accused of sexual harassment.
Indeed, she had in a tweet in October 2017 launched the word-dialect "Balance Ton Porc", then taken up by thousands of women, in a spontaneous movement to free the word of women victims of sexual harassment or assault.
In a landmark decision, the court recognised the "good faith" of Sandra Muller.
Jade Dousselin, Sandra Muller's counsel, described the decision as "courageous and historic", adding: "The Court of Appeal is saying to the victims, to all those who have spoken out, to all those who have told the truth: "Justice will not condemn them".