In the State of Indiana, defamation is a common law offense that requires the showing of four specific elements: a statement with a defamatory imputation, malice, publication, and damages. Some statements are considered so fundamentally offensive that they are considered defamation per se, which means that the statement is so obviously damaging that you don’t need to show how or why it was harmful to your reputation. With defamation per se, two of the four elements are easier to prove and damages are presumed. If you believe you’re the victim of defamation, you should speak to an attorney as defamation cases are difficult to prove.
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