WE ARE A CAMPAIGN COMMITTED TO END THE MISUSE OF NDAS TO BUY VICTIM'S SILENCE

 

 

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WHAT ARE NDAs?

 

Non disclosure agreements are contracts that were created to protect trade secrets but when used wrongly become secret settlement contracts used to buy the silence  of a victim or whistleblower. They have become the default solution for organisations, corporations and public bodies to settle cases of sexual misconduct, racism, pregnancy discrimination and other human rights violations.

 

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WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH NDAS?

 

NDAs PERPETUATE THE PROBLEM

as they allow a person who has behaved abusively and possibly criminally to stay put or move with impunity to another organisation.

NDAs DON’T PROTECT THE VICTIM

they protect an employer’s reputation and the career of the perpetrator, not the victim who can be protected by a simple one-sided confidentiality clause.

NDAs GAG VICTIMS PERMANENTLY

preventing them reporting, speaking to family and friends about their own experiences, or warning others.


NDAs MAKE VICTIMS LIE

about their past and in some cases require co-workers to tell lies or risk being sued for defamation.

NDAs CHILL THE CLIMATE

for anyone wishing to speak up about abuse in the workplace.


FOUNDERS


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Zelda Perkins

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Zelda Perkins and Prof. Julie Macfarlane joined forces in September 2021 to create CAN’T BUY MY SILENCE after their own shocking personal experiences exposed the harmful use of NDAs.

 

Their campaign goal is to stop the misuse of NDAs so that they are ONLY used for the purpose for which they were created – the protection of IP and trade secrets.


They are determined to outlaw NDAs when used to “buy” the silence of victims in order to protect sexual predators, bullies, racists and abusers. In order to put pressure on legislators they are also advocating that regulators, businesses and institutions adopt a code of practice that will not allow NDAs to hide information about harmful people, practices and products.

 

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campaign news

"She Said" Screening UK Q&A with Emily Maitlis, Sam Morton, Zelda Perkins

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London lawyer fights university, college use of non-disclosure agreements  image

London lawyer fights university, college use of non-disclosure agreements

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Mark Stephens, Zelda Perkins discuss NDAs & Dominic Raab image

Mark Stephens, Zelda Perkins discuss NDAs & Dominic Raab

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‘She Said’ Filmmakers and Weinstein Victims: An Emotional Collaboration image

‘She Said’ Filmmakers and Weinstein Victims: An Emotional Collaboration

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I knew Harvey was a monster after he tried to rape my colleague. But when I spoke out I was silenced image

I knew Harvey was a monster after he tried to rape my colleague. But when I spoke out I was silenced

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Halifax Roundtable on NDAs

Has the Use of NDA's Gone Too Far? Halifax Roundtable

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Expert Panel on Abuse of NDA'S IN MOVA SCOTIA image

Expert Panel on Abuse of NDA'S IN MOVA SCOTIA

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People silenced by non-disclosure agreements speak out at hearing for Manitoba Liberal bill image

People silenced by non-disclosure agreements speak out at hearing for Manitoba Liberal bill

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 Can’t Buy My Silence to Host Exclusive Preview Screening of “She Said” in LondonPost 130 image

Can’t Buy My Silence to Host Exclusive Preview Screening of “She Said” in LondonPost 130

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Banning the use of NDA' in Nova Scotia and Elsewhere image

Banning the use of NDA' in Nova Scotia and Elsewhere

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Premier says people aren't 'forced' to sign NDAs; advocates say coercion a factor image

Premier says people aren't 'forced' to sign NDAs; advocates say coercion a factor

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Ontario to end secrecy behind campus sexual misconduct cases and let universities fire faculty who abuse students image

Ontario to end secrecy behind campus sexual misconduct cases and let universities fire faculty who abuse students

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A man was charged with her sexual assault 3 years ago. He's never been extradited image

A man was charged with her sexual assault 3 years ago. He's never been extradited

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Ontario to ban NDAs in sexual misconduct cases by staff at colleges, universities image

Ontario to ban NDAs in sexual misconduct cases by staff at colleges, universities

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MLA who sponsored P.E.I.'s non-disclosure agreement bill says N.S. should act now image

MLA who sponsored P.E.I.'s non-disclosure agreement bill says N.S. should act now

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Trauma therapist calls for ban on NDAs for sexual assault survivors image

Trauma therapist calls for ban on NDAs for sexual assault survivors

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BBC Radio 5 With Naga Munchetty image

BBC Radio 5 With Naga Munchetty

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Lawyers need to redraw ethical boundaries “or face external action” image

Lawyers need to redraw ethical boundaries “or face external action”

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Weinstein whistleblower: ‘nothing has changed’ on NDA rules image

Weinstein whistleblower: ‘nothing has changed’ on NDA rules

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Reforming NDAs should be top of Liz Truss’s agenda image

Reforming NDAs should be top of Liz Truss’s agenda

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Liberal bill targets ‘legalized hush money’ image

Liberal bill targets ‘legalized hush money’

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Watch An Animated Graphic of the NDA Story

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Inquiry launched into alleged sexual harassment by union leader image

Inquiry launched into alleged sexual harassment by union leader

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Grassroots campaign wants to reform ‘dangerous’ non-disclosure agreements in Canada, abroad image

Grassroots campaign wants to reform ‘dangerous’ non-disclosure agreements in Canada, abroad

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Lyons backs NI universities’ pledge to end use of Non-Disclosure Agreements image

Lyons backs NI universities’ pledge to end use of Non-Disclosure Agreements

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CBC HOCKEY CANADA COVERAGE image

CBC HOCKEY CANADA COVERAGE

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Abuse and harassment survivors 'silenced' ... image

Abuse and harassment survivors 'silenced' ...

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CTV NEWS HOCKEY CANADA COVERAGE  image

CTV NEWS HOCKEY CANADA COVERAGE

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Hockey Canada comes under fire after for its handling of alleged sexual assault image

Hockey Canada comes under fire after for its handling of alleged sexual assault

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The Government says it will look to model the legislation off a Bill... image

The Government says it will look to model the legislation off a Bill...

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Workplace 'gag orders' for sexual harassment could be finished image

Workplace 'gag orders' for sexual harassment could be finished

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She Said – Official Trailer Release image

She Said – Official Trailer Release

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Victoria to restrict deals silencing sexual harassment victims image

Victoria to restrict deals silencing sexual harassment victims

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U.K. Performers’ Union Equity Fights Back Against NDA Overreach image

U.K. Performers’ Union Equity Fights Back Against NDA Overreach

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NHS ambulance service doctored documents to cover up truth about deaths image

NHS ambulance service doctored documents to cover up truth about deaths

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Victims no longer silenced as landmark legislation takes effect on P.E.I. image

Victims no longer silenced as landmark legislation takes effect on P.E.I.

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Zelda Perkins of Can’t Buy My Silence discusses 56 MPs facing claims of sexual misconduct image

Zelda Perkins of Can’t Buy My Silence discusses 56 MPs facing claims of sexual misconduct

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Lady Margaret Hall is first Oxford college to ban non-disclosure agreements image

Lady Margaret Hall is first Oxford college to ban non-disclosure agreements

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How Being Legally Silenced Prolongs Workplace Trauma and PTSD image

How Being Legally Silenced Prolongs Workplace Trauma and PTSD

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P.E.I. could become 1st province to limit use of NDAs to silence victims of sexual misconduct image

P.E.I. could become 1st province to limit use of NDAs to silence victims of sexual misconduct

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Harvey Weinstein PA says abusers still have the legal power to silence victims image

Harvey Weinstein PA says abusers still have the legal power to silence victims

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Move fast to fix NDAs if you want to avoid a ban image

Move fast to fix NDAs if you want to avoid a ban

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‘I had to start over, alone and silenced’: the fight to end NDA abuse image

‘I had to start over, alone and silenced’: the fight to end NDA abuse

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Harvey Weinstein's Former Assistant's Mission to Ban NDAs Explained image

Harvey Weinstein's Former Assistant's Mission to Ban NDAs Explained

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Whistleblowers launch campaign to end misuse of NDAs image

Whistleblowers launch campaign to end misuse of NDAs

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Harvey Weinstein’s former PA: Why I want a law banning NDAs image

Harvey Weinstein’s former PA: Why I want a law banning NDAs

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The Campaign to End NDAs image

The Campaign to End NDAs

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