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60 Minutes

March 1, 2020  |  Nine

The Principal's Principle On 60 Minutes, a lesson in what not to do if you're a parent with a beef against the principal of your kid's school: Don't become a keyboard warrior and spray hurtful adjectives on social media. Because if you do, be prepared to be sued. Today a Queensland judge found that some parents who posted online about the principal of Tamborine Mountain High School south of Brisbane had slandered her, and were ordered to pay damages. But as Sarah Abo discovers, despite the ruling this case - which is about to enter its fifth year - is so full of bitterness and belligerence not even the class dunce would think it's over. Know My Name Coronavirus might be the biggest news at the moment, but there's another disease in society that's not far behind. It's the scourge of sexual misconduct and violence against women, and as disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has just found out, being powerful, rich or famous is no longer a get out of jail free card. Before the #MeToo movement, Chanel Miller was fighting her own incredible battle. She went to a party at a prestigious university, thinking it would be safe and expecting to have a good time. Late in the evening a student, well-known because he also happened to be a champion athlete, sexually assaulted and then discarded her behind a dumpster. To add to the insult, the attacker was barely punished for his crime. Chanel, although devastated, vowed to fight back, with a strength she didn't know she had. But as Karl Stefanovic, on assignment for 60 Minutes, reports, Chanel Miller not only had to take on her attacker - she also had to battle a broken system which, far from supporting her, tried to make her disappear.

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