Re: Need a professional opinion on a cult leader's letter
Date: April 21, 2013 11:31PM
My advice is to either drop the matter or see a lawyer IN PERSON. This is not something that ought to be discussed online and could even damage your court case. It could leave YOU wide open for a lawsuit from your ex-pastor.
In the first place, IT IS ILLEGAL for a psychologist or any other medical professional to discuss someone else's diagnosis with a third party, at least in the United States. A good professional of the type you are looking for will tell you that they cannot do what you have requested. Secondly, now that this information has been put out online, anyone who can access your message board can get ahold of it and do what they want with it. You have no guarantee that anyone who responds is actually who they say they are and they certainly are not bound by confidentiality laws.
If you are concerned that what this person has said to your family has caused you or them harm then this is something that should be discussed with a lawyer and not online. Remember, your ex-pastor also has rights, and he could possibly sue you for defamation of character, invasion of privacy, slander or libel for putting information about him online even if it is your message board. And if he is making threats, definitely call law enforcement.