The story you've read is fiction.
Sarah could have been hurt from gossip at work, at school, her neighborhood, even within her extended family. Should that matter?
Gossip hurts. It not only hurts those who are the object of the gossip, it hurts Jesus Christ as well. He atoned for everyone's sins, and takes upon himself the pain from those who hurt us. Particularly when the pain is intentional.
This is one of my own new year's resolutions, to not allow myself to get caught up amongst friends that I would injure another.
Who wants to join with me?