If you're here you either know Jessica or know someone that knows her. That's usually how this works. Either way, you are probably wondering why I have set up a GoFundMe page for her and for a divorce... well, let me tell you.
This past (almost) year has been nothing but heartache and turmoil for Jess and her kids. Could you imagine, just for a second, how you would feel if your child came to you and told you that the man that you love and are married to, the person you have children with, was abusing them? I'm not sure you can, I'm not sure any of us can, but Jessica can. She knows that heartdropping feeling of hearing those words from her child's mouth. She knows the horrific realization that her husband has been abusing her child. She knows what it's like to take her child to the police station to file a report against the man she thought she could trust with her children. She knows what it's like to continuously feel betrayed by the same man over and over and over again for months on end with seemingly no end in sight.
Do you? I hope not.
What she and her children have had to deal with the past 10 months has been nothing short of explosive. She has had to deal with rumors, people judging her, the system that she had been apart of in order to help others, shamefully looking at her like she did something wrong. She has had to come to terms with the fact that her husband is not the man he pretended to be for their entire marriage. She has had to listen to horrific details of what has happened to her child. She has had to realize that her family is no longer a family and shield her children from a horrible truth no child should ever know about.
She filed for divorce, like the smart and amazing woman that she is. She put her children first. Everything was supposed to be easy and simple. Already agreed on. Right? I mean, he owes her that much. But then, why would he do that? Why would he make it easy for her and the kids to move on with the life they have and create some stability in a world that went seriously off kilter? He wouldn't. That would be asking too much. So when she showed up for court hoping to have this over and done with, she was faced with a new reality. From jail, he decided he wanted this to go to trial, and he already has a lawyer that he drained their JOINT bank account to hire. That leaves her with either public assistance that has too much on their plate to do right by her or hiring her own lawyer that has a retainer of $3500. Which would you choose in this situation?
She chose to hire a lawyer. She wants to make sure those kids get everything they deserve from the man that ruined their lives. She deserves that too. She has been humiliated and shamed for something she had no control over. Her child lost a piece of their childhood because the person that was supposed to protect, decided he wanted to be the predator instead. I'm trying to raise $8,000 at least, this will cover the retainer and hopefully any other lawyer fees and court costs she might incrue, and bills that may need to be paid. I am also trying to account for the amount that GoFundMe takes for their service use. This is not asked lightly. This is not for anything other than making sure that Jessica can create a comforting home for her kids, give them stability, and a sense of peace in the chaos of life. She is a single mother to 3 children now. She owns her own business and if you've owned your own business, you know that doesn't usually leave you with a paycheck. She is doing everything she can to keep her head above water and she hates asking for help. So I'm asking for her. Will you please help Jessica get the lawyer she deserves in order to give her kids the life they deserve? Court is scheduled for the end of February, the soonest we can reach our goal the better.
- Amber Kaminski
- Scott Kaminski
- Chelsea Wray
- Joshua Gunter
- Jessica Traughber
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