Years ago someone at my shul spread lashon hara about me, specifically a story that was not true. At that time, some people at shul began treating me very coldly. To this day the cold shoulder continues from those individuals. At the time it happened, it seemed to me that speaking of it to anyone was more lashon hara; I never imagined I would still be dealing with the effects years afterwards.
According to halakhah, what is proper behavior for the victim of lashon hara?