I apologise in advance to all of my long standing friends that you are once again (and again and again) subjected to this ridiculous drama. But once again I find myself accused in public of being a liar and a law breaker. I really have had enough of this misogynist passive aggressive bullying.
Since the year 2000, RJ Stewart has repeatedly attacked my good name in public and attempted to undermine my work as a writer/teacher. This has been happening ever since we divorced and continues to this day, fourteen years later. These attacks happen whenever I write, teach, publish or even mention anything even remotely connected to the work both he and I developed during the 1990’s.
In 2005 the attack he launched using the internet via a massive website dedicated to destroying me was so bad I ended up losing my day job, and I had mouths to feed, children to support. My employers felt that his and his friends’ statements called my integrity into question and as my job was teaching teenagers, my director felt that I would be a bad influence. So I was fired on the spot. This was my sole income with which I provided for my family. As a result we lost our home.
I withdrew from public, took my own website down and had my publisher withdraw my books (which obviously had a bad knock on effect for the publisher). I had no choice as I had to protect my children and grandchild.
Since 2008 I no longer have dependants, so I am free to write, publish and speak out. In 2012/13 it was brought to my attention that RJ Stewart had been continuing a smear campaign verbally in the magical community, which was starting to affect my standing in the magical community from the point of view of an author’s integrity. (Various publishers and magazine editors were questioning the validity of my work based upon what they had heard from RJ Stewart). So I placed a website on the net simply outlining the work I did with him and also alone during the 1990’s. That site can be viewed at http://emettruth.weebly.com/
I had hoped that would be the end of it. I do not threaten his work in any way and have no wish to interfere with his rights to market any of the work. His copyright product is under no threat: this is about his ego and misogyny. But he has continued to add to the campaign and now openly accuses me of illegal plagiarism. If I was not a published author I would not waste my time with this silly drama, but sadly I do have to, yet again, defend my good name and the integrity of the work. I am also tired of the constant stream of abusive and insulting on line attacks, nasty emails and messages that I receive on a regular basis from the students of RJ Stewart.
It is also important to keep that old work out in the public eye freely, which is what I do via my old websites: the work is there freely for people to use. This is a clip of his most recent statement.
In 2013 Ms Dunne/McCarthy has made further untruthful claims to owning copyright in the Inner Temple Traditions InnerConvocation ® material, and has re-published her plagiarized or minimally adapted items taken from my original work, stating inaccurately that they are her copyright from 2001.
My answer is, put up on the net, on your slander website, clear evidence of work in published or publication form that states clearly the work you are contesting. What exactly am I supposed to have plagiarised? Is it work that you wrote before we were a partnership? Is it work you developed on your own while we were in the partnership? Or is it the work we both developed, that you feel you should ‘own’ now? Please be clear.
More statements from your friends are irrelevant; I would like to see some proof to back up your accusation that I am a plagiarist. Show me copyright material of your work and its date (or the Library of Congress registration), and put along side it the pages of my books or pages of a website that plagiarise it. It is very simple and an easy thing to do.
Let’s be clear about this. I am a professional writer/author, published by two publishing houses. Your accusations in public once again call my integrity into question and accuse me of breaking the law. That is not acceptable and I am not willing to be the meek little woman and slink away. The work in my books is my own work. The work on my current website is a mix of my current work and also an archive of my (and our) old work.
I worked very hard throughout the 1990’s (and beyond) developing work, mediating work and teaching it. It is my magical history; it is work I developed both alone and with you. I have every right to make that work freely available, as do you. My rights regarding that work did not end at divorce as you seem to think.
If you wish to accuse me of breaking the law, go see a lawyer.
I am also doing this for every woman in the magical community who has gone through similar situations. Sadly in some magical partnerships it is expected that when the magical partnership breaks down, the woman will slink off quietly and allow the man full rein of all the work to bolster their standing. Not this time and not this woman.
This is the website that is supposedly full of work plagiarised from RJ Stewart www.innerconvocation.co get his books that pre date 2001 and see if you can match up a page of his books to text on this website. And I would suggest RJ Stewart, that you read up on copyright law a bit more closely. It may educate you a little.
And yes, the website name is identical to his website… the domain address of which, was the domain name of my original site: RJ Stewart bullied me into dropping that site/domain name, which he then snatched up and locked down the web history of it (so if for example he released the web history of his website, you will see that it used to be mine). Later he also bought up every domain he possibly could with innerconvocation (dot net/org/co.uk etc). But he missed one.
It is a long and sordid tale and I hate these types of net dramas. But I cannot stand by to be wrongly and nastily accused in public of committing a crime. And I truly do not understand why this man continues to behave in such a way, which is beneath dignity and most certainly unjust.
And to RJ Stewart and associate playground bullies – By the Laws of Ma’at, May You Reap What You Have Sown.