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can i be accused of harassment if I haven't identified the

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can i be accused of harassment if I haven't identified the person i spoke about
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
-Could you explain your situation a little more?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

A former Gp made vexatious allegations about my children. I wrote on Facebook that a person in the village had made these allegations , no identifying info, she has told the police she is being harassed is she correct

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
It depends.
Is this the only one time you have done this?
Have you made contact with her otherwise?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have never made contact with her

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have never contacted her , I do tell people what she did to us but I never name her or her profession

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Have you removed it from Facebook now?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

yes

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

How could someone take it personally if they aren't named , I could be talking about anyone , only a guilty conscience would make you feel harassed , surely ! and how they feel is not my responsibility

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
The fact she isn't named is no defence. If she can be identified in other ways then that would be sufficient.
But there should be more than one act of contact to make out harassment. There needs to be a course of conduct. One instance is not sufficient.
There might be other public order offences or maybe a malicious communication though depending upon what was actually said.
Most liklely though the police would just tell you to stop making contact with her.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo