Help Black Trans Woman Escape Abuse

We are raising funds to help a Black trans woman escape her abuser. Her abuser has beaten her and told her more than once that he will kill her if she tries to leave.

Despite filing two police reports her abuser was never arrested or questioned.
Her abuser is ex-military and has a “friendly” relationship with the local law enforcement.

Her abuser has beaten her, scratched, kicked and kneed her in the chest multiple times. The last time I saw her in person she had been beaten so badly that the entire left side of her face was swollen (pictured above). Her abuser has also stolen money from her and abused her financially by locking her out of their joint bank account and taking her name off of it.

All funds raised will go towards expenses such as first and last months rent, security deposits, flight arrangements, and ongoing therapy and mental health services while she recovers. She already has a job lined up, and has been approved for an apartment. She just needs to be able to pay the up front costs of moving and getting settled in and that is why this fundraiser is so important.

Your contribution means that we are one step closer to getting a young Black trans women away from danger and to safety.

Imagine the look on her face when she gets the news that she's finally safe, and can come home to where she is loved and will be taken care of. Imagine how amazing she will feel knowing that she's not only safe, but she is also free from homelessness and gets to keep her dignity, autonomy and independence. By pitching in to this fundraiser you are making a huge difference in someone's life and for that, I thank you.

I am one of her closest friends and I live within driving distance of her new home and will be meeting her for moral support as she transitions into a new life away from her abuser. There have been so many times where she has stepped up to protect me, and I want to repay her by protecting her as best I can, and making sure she’s safe and secure and free from her abuser.

I asked her if she had anything to say and she told me to post this message:

“For the past three years my life has been a roller coaster. I just want to move away and start living again. Im so close to getting away and starting over. Anything that you can give or donate will be so appreciated. I hate asking for money, but I fear for my life everyday and just want to be happy again.”


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Rebecca J Nelson 
Downers Grove, IL
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