The Depp verdict could bring a chilling effect for domestic abuse survivors
Even before the verdict came in, the six-week-long trial between Johnny Depp and
Amber Heard had ramifications beyond the courtroom.
Experts were warning that anti-feminist groups
were using the trial to mobilize and that defamation lawsuits
were being used to silence survivors of domestic violence.
Now that a jury has sided with Depp,
advocates say the verdict could have a chilling effect
on other survivors looking to speak out against their abusers.
"It just adds another barrier to what victims and survivors have to deal