British wrestler Mariah May has launched a GoFundMe page to cover the costs of her legal defence relating to the #SpeakingOut crisis.
Mariah, whose experience can be found here, is looking to raise £15,000.
Launching the fundraiser, she said: “As a result of sharing my trauma and contributing my experience to make change, legal action has been threatened against me. This has been done to try to force me to delete my tweets, pretend I got things wrong and never speak about my experience again.
“They want me to defend the person I spoke out against and pin it to my pages with replies off. If I do not comply, the person is also threatening to sue me for damages. This would ruin my career. More importantly, I don’t feel I could live with the fact I have to say that my emotional abuse didn’t happen.
“In order to defend myself I had to get a solicitor. The multiple, lengthy legal letters I have no choice but to respond to have cost me thousands which I have had to borrow money to pay for, and live in anxiety not knowing when the bills will end. When I first received a letter it made feel physically sick.
“I’m 22 and have no legal experience. I had to beg those around me for help because I had no idea what to even do and then finding out the costs, I felt hopeless. I have never had access to that kind of money in my life.”
Mariah, who started wrestling aged 18, added that she lost her office job before the coronavirus pandemic began, and is unable to wrestle as the industry is on hold.
She explained: “As of right now, I have no income. What little money I’ve scraped together from savings, odd jobs and merch has been accounted for and taken off the gofundme total. This has affected my mental health. I don’t sleep anymore, I feel physically sick all the time, trying to move forward feels impossible some days. I have tried to keep a brave face but I am really struggling now.”
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