Update: we made over our goal and I can’t thank you enough! Nicole is so overwhelmed by the love and support, especially after feeling so isolated for so long.
With your generosity, she’d like to expand her goal: from a car and temporary shelter to an RV to stay in while she waits for her court date and a decision, and then to get the heck out of Oregon in for friendlier and warmer vistas!
It doesn’t have to be fancy or new, but big enough for Nicole and two kids and functional enough to go cross country. If you have any leads on one in western OR, let us know!
Thank you all for donating and sharing and please keep sharing and talking about how messed up this system is about sex workers and people trying to leave the industry! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Nicole was a nursing student in Coos Bay, OR, when an angry and vindictive family member told her nursing program and outed her as a former porn performer. Nicole had good grades, she made the Dean’s List, and she was set to have a great career as a nurse, but the instructors and administration of the nursing program decided that her past work in the sex industry made her unfit for the future she worked so hard for: her assignments were changed after the fact so her work didn’t match, instructors began to accuse her of plagiarism, and, when she tried to talk to the program director, she was accused of being unsafe for a clinical setting.
It’s important to note here that ALL of the accusations from the school fell apart. The charges of being unsafe were made immediately after the plagiarism didn’t stand up to scrutiny and didn’t offer grounds to Nicole, and these were also quickly proven to be completely false. None of that mattered in the end. The school pushed Nicole out of the program after months of harassment despite having no cause.
Other current and former sex workers will be familiar with the predicament: everyone wants sex workers to quit the industry—but no one wants to hire us once we do. From Belle Knox to Melissa Petro to Sarah Tressler to the hundreds of students who quietly change schools or programs rather than fight over the injustice their programs inflict on them. Few people are brave enough to fight the discrimination in court, but Nicole is: she and her lawyer are suing the school for violating Title IX.
She needs to relocate from the town she’s currently living in, where being outed as a former porn performer has destroyed her employment prospects as well as her safe living situation and education. She has to be in court in Eugene, Oregon, and is hoping for a fresh start for herself and her family in a more open-minded city.
Please donate if you can; the social services landscape across the US is bleak, but it’s especially harsh in conservative rural areas like the one Nicole finds herself in. We all need help sometimes, and Nicole has worked for her community in the past and plans to continue to do so in the future, although she now plans on departing from healthcare to fight for justice as a lawyer.
We need more people committed to confronting discrimination and corruption and forcing us all to be better.
For now, Nicole and her kiddos just want to make it to Eugene with money for a safe place to live and transportation if possible. Rent on a 1 bedroom here in OR tends to run over 1k, and we’re hoping for first, last, and ideally security and some left over for a car.
For more about her situation and lawsuit: https://www.wweek.com/news/schools/2019/05/08/a-student-at-an-oregon-community-college-says-instructors-flunked-her-for-being-a-porn-actress-shes-suing