Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial: Why survivors support Depp

As Amber Heard’s defamation trial draws to a close, an expert has explained the surprising reasons why domestic violence victims don’t “believe” the actress.

Over the past month and a half, Johnny Depp’s libel trial against ex-wife Amber Heard has turned into a cultural phenomenon.

Dominating Twitter, TikTok, and our real-life interactions, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t have an opinion on the trial — now that it’s over, it’s painted a tragic picture for the actors’ four-year entanglement; As they progressed, the intimate details of their two testimonies became increasingly worrisome, horrific and violent.

However, not everyone is on the side you expect.

Demanding “justice” among the vast majority Pirates of the Caribbean The star is a crowd that has become his most vocal supporters: women who have survived domestic violence.

“I’m a survivor. As a true survivor, I can tell you that you shouldn’t trust Amber Heard,” dozens of tweets and videos from the victim’s survivor have been read.

Although Hurd’s critics want us to believe that she has lost some survivors because She is a “liar” or Outdated tropes that don’t fit the “good” victimin fact, it’s common for women to suspect other women — even if they’ve experienced violence themselves, University of Michigan sociologist Nicole Bedera explains in an article Popular Twitter Threads Right Now.

“Survivors are experts on *their* experiences, but not necessarily *all* experiences of gender-based violence. Some will begin to rank other survivors’ stories based on how similar they are to their own,” the study leads The Social Structure of Sexual Violence writes by Dr. Bedra.

“Strategies used by offenders to commit crimes are varied and often reflect the privileges they—and their victims—have. But survivors with dominant identities (e.g., white, heterosexual) can be very Quickly try to see their own (privileged) experiences as universal.

“That’s one reason why the benefits of the #MeToo movement don’t necessarily extend to people of color or poor or working-class women. The media version of this movement is really centered on the experiences of white, wealthy women.”

Another “important reason” women try to distance themselves from high-profile survivors is because of the so-called “just world theory.”

“The simplistic version of the just world theory is that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people – the world is fundamentally just,” explained Dr Bedella.

“The women who watched the high-profile trial believed it to be true.

“For women, empathy for survivors of abuse can be terrifying — and for victims, it’s another re-traumatization. If violence is really *everywhere and *feels* it could happen to anyone , then many women will start to worry that they will be next.

“For a lot of people, it’s too much, especially during a long trial. To avoid the psychological toll, women refocus their empathy on the abuser because it’s easier to live with.

“Women who invest in just world theory are also particularly vulnerable. By pointing out different things that victims can or should do, they can convince themselves that they will never experience this kind of violence.”

In an interview with, her post received a “mixed” response – at the time of writing it had nearly 30,000 likes and over 5,200 retweets – Dr Bedera said we don’t Should be surprised that victim survivors are speaking out against Neptune Star.

“Survivors aren’t always feminists, and gender-based violence is designed to reinforce traditional gender norms. That’s why it’s such a powerful tool of patriarchy,” she said.

“Many survivors, for example, are taught to blame themselves and, in turn, other victims for the violence they experienced. They are told to change the way they dress or talk to men to prevent future abuse.

“When our societal response to gender-based violence collectively fails survivors, it’s not surprising that many internalize the message and continue to harm themselves.”

Dr Bedella said she “received a lot of DMs from survivors who thanked them for explaining why survivors disbelieve or blame each other”.

“They often say they feel hurt — even gassed — seeing their communities contradict themselves, especially if the violence they’re experiencing is Similar to what Amber Heard described,” she added.

“And, of course, I also received DMs, even some hate mail, from people who disagreed with the post (including some survivors). Often, the messages included sexist comments, including calling me a series of gender-based slurs . . . and frankly, they demonstrate the point of the leads.”

While the #MeToo movement “makes it easier for survivors to share their stories — and when they tell them, they’re more likely to be believed and treated well,” the Depp/Heard trial underscores “how the legal system still has an impact on victims. It’s not good and can be weaponized by criminals into a weapon of abuse,” Dr Bedera said.

“The most important thing we can do to intervene with this model is to expand access to education about sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and healthy relationships,” she advises.

“For many survivors, their first—and sometimes last—educational experiences on these topics are their own casualties. We need formal education in public schools to help survivors understand their own experiences, And for all of us to learn how to best support victims in our own lives.”