Johanna's Victim Fund
**PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT NOTE FIRST**
NOTE: (written by legal team and GoFundMe creators)
Yes, we understand this is an extremely complicated situation that is rare for GoFundMe.
Yes, Johanna is in serious debt with outstanding legal bills, all money she never should have had to spend.
BUT, we care about Johanna, so we NEED to ALL care about the RIGHT NOW and this is what Johanna NEEDS NOW!
RIGHT NOW, Johanna NEEDS, and more so DESERVES, a BREAK from FIGHTING to focus fully on HEALING. JOHANNA NEEDS DONATIONS FOR: shelter, medicine, her mental health team, doctors and costs of living. She needs just a few months of financial security, and there is no doubt she definitely deserves it!
The group of community members and local organizations that created this GoFundMe are saddened to see it not really working but we understand the complexities and why. The GoFundMe platform really should NOT work for a stalking victim as Johanna lost all her credibility, her reputation is destroyed, she lost her friends and family so the sharing platform here is NOT ideal. In light of the campaign not being as successful as we had hoped we are setting a new goal!
** WE HAVE A NEW IMMEDIATE GOAL OF $25,000**
(original goal was $150,000)
We feel, that $25,000, would be enough to give Johanna a beyond DESERVING BREAK, for at least a few months, so she can focus fully on HEALING and not fighting for once!
Johanna has literally ALL alone, fought for over 6 years, without a break, for all of us. The least we can do is give her some time to rest and heal, the only THANK YOU Johanna would ever want.
Literally, Johanna was in court from June 2015 -2017 ALL by HERSELF without any support, but from us (her legal team). Alone she tackled, gracefully mind you - both a CIVIL LAWSUIT and CRIMINAL TRIAL. The years leading up to court she worked day in and day out sacraficing herself for the safety of others. Johanna has been fighting NON STOP for the greater good for over 6 years! MORE SO, now that her name has been in the paper, as she fights for herself, somehow is also finding a way to help the endless victims across the nation now reaching out to her on a daily basis. Most victims are not brave enough to have their name in the paper, let alone her face too. With some security Johanna will do great things!!!
So again, YES, Johanna is in debt well over $60,000 (all money she never should have had to spend)...BUT, FOR RIGHT NOW, we only want to see Johanna have the chance to heal.
We feel raising $25,000 immediately will get her back on her feet, as she is healing far faster than any psychiatrist predicted and all her mental health providers are reporting immense improvement over the last 2 months, let's keep that rolling!
On behalf of all her Team Members and the Summit County Advocates for Victim of Assault, we HOPE the immediate donations total at least $25,000. That would give Johanna a few months off from fighting and we all owe that to her! THANK YOU!!!!!
My name is Kevin O’Reilly and I am launching this GoFundMe for Johanna Alperin on behalf the many community members and organizations that put this initiative together.
READ the latest article on CASE HERE>>>
The expenses Johanna incurred are not expenses victims typically incur, as it is law enforcements duty to solve and identify that which Johanna was forced to accomplish all without the help of law enforcement. Alone, Johanna managed somehow to make it through both a civil and criminal trial. Johanna’s work was not only courageous but it truly has ensured us all that our community is now a safer place to live as now law enforcement is properly trained to handle cyber cases in general. Below is a letter, a GoFundMe Campaign, written by members from our community & organizations on behalf of Johanna. Please consider donating anything you can and/or sharing this GoFundMe with any outlets such as on your personal Facebook pages etc..
Lastly, please know that Johanna will provide updates via the GoFundMe platform from time to time; however, if you contact Johanna directly please remember that as a victim it is very difficult to respond promptly to everyone. Also, sometimes answering questions regarding the case can be traumatic, so again please be extra patient with her as she is working very hard on healing and we can’t wait to see her back on her feet contributing again!
All the best, Kevin O'Reilly
GoFundMe Campaign on Behalf of Johanna Alperin:
Johanna Alperin was victimized for many years by a dangerous and sick man who was intent on harassing, stalking and terrorizing her, and those near her, in an attempt to push her to the edge and convince her to kill herself. Johanna fought hard and risked everything to identify the perpetrator of the ‘campaign of terror’ and bring him to justice.
Although the ‘campaign of terror’ to destroy Johanna started years prior, it was once the electronic portion of the Campaign began in 2012, that Johanna tried to get law enforcement to investigate the case but even law enforcement was unable to identify the criminal(s) responsible. At great personal cost, Johanna was able to pursue her own investigation and after years of fighting for the police to help her, Johanna, through a long and tedious civil lawsuit was able to identify the defendant to the crimes in December 2015, John Dailey McCallister. However it took law enforcement and the DA 8 long months to arrest via an extradition from Texas where McCallister fled to. McCallister took the plea offered by the DA, and hence, pled guilty in January 2017 to Felony Stalking and Harassment in Summit County, Colorado. The original charges only represented a small portion of McCallister’s campaign but included: 10 Felonies and 11 Misdemeanors, including: Extortion, Stalking, Criminal Impersonation, Hate Crimes, Obscenity, Harassment and Violation of a Protective Order. In order to make the case a reality, Johanna had to hire private investigators, a computer forensic specialist, and an attorney, among others, to help her navigate the daunting task of tracking down a dangerous criminal cowardly hiding behind the anonymity the internet affords.
It is hard to imagine what it is like to live in this type of fear and hopelessness for years at a time, while also desperately trying to convince the people around you it is actually happening. Imagine your friends, family, and the authorities all thinking you were just paranoid, a drug addict or delusional for years on end. The impact that years of being victimized and constantly fighting for justice has had on Johanna, and the toll it has taken on all aspects of her life is extreme, but is consistent with the trauma experienced by many other stalking victims.
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime:*
· 46% of stalking victims fear not knowing what will happen next;
· 29% of stalking victims fear the stalking will never stop;
· 1 in 8 employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization and more than half lose 5 days of work or more;
· 1 in 7 stalking victims move as a result of their victimization; and
· The prevalence of anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression is much higher among stalking victims than the general population, especially if the stalking involves being followed...
Johanna has experienced all of these symptoms, but even far worse, and continues to on a daily basis.
Although the criminal case has been prosecuted and John Dailey McCallister has been sentenced, Johanna continues to deal with the very challenging task of trying to recover and heal, while also picking up the pieces of what is left of her life. Those that have read the newspaper articles from the Summit Daily (summitdaily.com) and elsewhere explaining that McCallister was caught, prosecuted and sentenced to jail time, might believe this story has a happy, rosy ending. One might have also read that Johanna Obtained a $2 million dollar civil judgement (September 2016) against McCallister and might assume she has been made whole from this horrifying experince. That assumption would be completely wrong.
Johanna spent virtually all of her savings solving this case, well over $150,000. Please note: Johanna has not yet collected one cent from the judgment she obtained against McCallister. As a result, Johanna is confronted with the unenviable reality that the system is not able to provide much support for her, yet she is left with WAY over $36,000 in unpaid legal bills (and counting!!!), overwhelming medical bills and costs of day-to-day living that she cannot pay.
Johanna’s life has been destroyed, and to make matters worse, rather than being able to focus fully on her recovery and healing, she now finds herself in debt and worried about how she will pay rent, doctors and afford groceries. Johanna is unable to work for multiple reasons at this time; especially due to the immense work that still remains from the case, including, but not limited to: district attorney/legal matters, victim processes, as well as, she is seeking intense medical treatments numerous days per week and will need this for quite sometime.
Prior to McCallister’s campaign, Johanna was gainfully employed, had friends, and was able to maintain a high quality of life. She skied and biked, volunteered and worked for non-profits; she was generally a happy person. Today, she is only just beginning to venture out in public after years in isolation. Also, for good reason, she is still afraid to walk the streets not knowing if someone around her will again be impacted by McCallister’s efforts to destroy her and those around her. It is imperative that she finds the resources she needs to improve her mental, physical and emotional well-being so that she can focus fully on trying to heal and move on from this traumatic period of her life because Johanna wants nothing more but to be able to contribute as she always had prior to her victimization.
Johanna Skiing filmed by Vail Resorts
This GoFundMe Campaign has been created by people that care about Johanna and her future. Johanna’s primary goal has always been keeping people and businesses safe and her intention was to make her community safer, which she has accomplished. Day in and day out, for years, she fought to protect those around her from a dangerous man. Remarkably, Johanna persevered and as a result, our local law enforcement and community organizations are now better equipped to investigate, solve and manage these types of cases now and in the future. Still, in the end, she lost her family, friends, career, housing, reputation, and her security. Johanna has much more to offer our community and this is an attempt to get her back on her feet!
If you contribute to this campaign, the funds will be used to pay Johanna’s medical providers, mental health providers, her legal team, and will allow her to climb out of the debt she incurred in order to make her community a better, safer place. Johanna is working incredibly hard to recover emotionally, mentally and physically, but she needs help recovering financially so she can continue on in her journey without having to worry about debt collectors or whether she can pay her next month’s rent.
Please be a part of Johanna’s Journey and consider contributing to her recovery to give back to a young woman who has given so much of herself.
Community Members & Organizations
(Summit County, Colorado; Breckenridge and surrounding areas)
'Stalking Victims says Court Case'
April 23, 2017
'Campaign of Terror'
January 24, 2017
'Criminal Faces Additional Charges'
October 27, 2016
'Criminal Extradited from Texas'
August 16, 2016
Part of Johanna's Journey
If anyone is feeling generous, I’m really struggling -
...and could use a little help to get by while my attorneys finish this fight once and for all. The agencies cut my rent, phone, therapy etc all wo warning. Luckily, the church is paying for therapy a little longer. My debt and problems are still there bc of the case, but I can’t even get by.
I have never WORKED this HARD in my life. I’m in a big hole and could use some help getting by. My lawyers are sooooooo close to wrapping this up and I’d appreciate any help in the time being.
You’re help got me to here! A much better place and I want the chance to keep healing! I’m really in need. Thank you
Johanna here. Fighting harder than ever.
But it’s too hard and I could really use some help!
I’M PRAYING A LOT BUT TODAY! I would like to ask for some help: you can DONATE or HIRE ME or DO A LOAN WITH GAIN!
All options detailed in the end.
I have no $ to pay my existing bills. Once I pay October rent I’m down to nothing and I’m scared! My mental health is being cut wo warning!
UPDATE: COLLECTIONS ATTORNEY
MOST IMPORTANTLY I have FINALLY GOTTEN A COLLECTIONS ATTORNEY! But here’s the thing, I have to do Legal meetings this week so by the time I get a job and a pay check, it’ll be at lesast 2-3 weeks.
I HAVE NEVER, EVER, EVER WORKED this hard in much life. In my 35 years it was the worst and mostly isolated summer DESPITE IT BEING MY BIGGEST HEALING PERIOD THUS FAR. I am getting so much better.
NOW, I KNOW I AM VERY DESERVING. ALL THIS FIGHTING TAKES AWAY FRom MY HEALING. I DESERVE THE CHANCE TO HEAL! I have been working too hard and need a few days to recover...PLEASE HELP!
I NEED HELP! I AM ASKING FOR HELP! So I don’t die from pushing too hard.
***WEDNESDAY I WILL KNOW MORE DETAIL AS TO WHEN the LAWYER THINKS MY $ could’ve start coming in****
IF ANYONE WANTS TO HELP ME GET BY I REALLY COULD USE IT!!!!
I’m getting so much better I don’t want want all this work to take away from the life I am trying to rebuild from nothing, with no one. I don’t have any extra energy to socialize and make friends when I’m forced to fight for basics. IT IS JUST NO WAY TO LIVE!!!
I’m scared I run the risk of killing myself if i don't a get a break or a few days. PLEASE I AM SO TIRED, SO BROKEN YET STRONGER THAN EVER! I AM ON THE BEST PATH, IF I COULD JUST HAVE SHELTER AND DOCS COVERED so I COULD BREATHE AND FOCUS ON MY THERAPY HOMEWORK
Please help me get for just a little!
To anyone that does help, when’s the civil $ comes in I will take care of you! I’m alone, have no one. It’s too much. PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING A LITTLE .
The $3k in the car took my weeks of hardwork.....
I just had $3k of car issues over the last 8 weeks; so all the hard $ I earned working, weeks long garage sale, getting a second Roomate (yes, 2!). That’s huge for someone with PTSD whose been isolated for years and living alone for years. And all that work was extremely hard on me and I have NOT had a break yet! I’m healing, I’m learning to control my rages and triggers, I’m busting my but with therapy books and homework. I held a job last winter until the case took it. And I worked all summer but that job just ended. I have the most important legal meetings I’ve had in over a year this week! I’m so broken and overworked already I do not know how I will push through. My mental health is on a fine line but I have NEVER been more proud of my body. I’ve ached from my to my toes since emptying room for Roomate, redoing garage and garage sale late August and I’ve had no time off except 2 recovery days, but 1 day isn’t enough.
My therapist really knows I need a break. So I have to dig through broken to get through these crucial legal meetings. AFTER THAT I CAN GET A JOB BUT MY BODY IS BREAKING. This summer I’ve healed expeditionally; the more yet! My therapist is proud but I cannnot do this all ALONE!
MENTAL HEALTH BEING CUT!
And BAD NEWS IS COMING. I’ve been told, without any warning, advocates funding is messed up and they are pulling my therapist. I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT HER!
ALSO I got word Victim Comp is CUTTING MY PSYCHIATRY without warning. FAR TO DANGEROUS TO DO TO A MENTALLY ILL PERSON ALONE (or with a family still dangerous) and I would need 3 months to find a new team BECAUSE THE CASE IS SO COMPLEX MY DOCTORS SAY I NEED TO STAY WITH THEM, it would take too long for anyone to get caught up. I DESERVE MY DOCTORS BUT I STILL CANT PAY MY CROWN/dentist bill from February ($1200) so I cant pay now! The car took almost evwdyfgybg and cc is still full from trial. I didn’t get any help beyond the $2k here and that only covered a few docs.
‼️PLEASE HELP ME KEEP MY DOCTORS, MEDICINE, SHELTER, PHONE, ...ESSENTIALS‼️
MY SUMMER JOB ENDED, why I worked so hard to get the 2nd Roomate and garage sale etc., BUT MY CAR PROBLEMS WERE MORE THAN I MADE. And that $ I needed to make. I HAVE AN INTERVIEW MONDAY and others lined up BUT....
BECAUSE OF the LEGAL (crucial meetings) AND DOCS (I had 5 doctors last week and 1 this week) ...by the time I interview and start work I WON’T HAVE a 1st pay check in weeks. PLEASE HELP ME GET BY UNTIL A PAY CHECK
‼️3 WAYS YOU CAN HELP‼️
1) DONATE here!
2) IF YOU COULD DO A SMALL, OR BIG,
LOAN... I CAN REPAY WITH INTEREST legally!!!
My attorney can return via signing the end of the restitution over to me. Ex - if you for ex - gave me a $5k loan. I could return it in a few years (explain further if interest) + gain returning $7k but we could work out what is best for you!
3) HIRE ME!!!
-FOR A CASH JOB!
Anyone need errands run or help moving, anything!
-ANYONE know a BUSINESS that NEEDs PART TIME WORK RIGHT NOW, LOCALLY?
I could maybe start next week!
-HIRE THIS MARKETING GURU!
....MARKETING, GRAPHIC DESIGN or my specialty MANAGE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA & CREATING YOUR DIGITAL CONTENT. IF A LOCAL BUSINESS WANTED TO HIRE ME TO HANDLE THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA pages (SEO, increase followers, increase reach, increase exposure, increase engagement - can provide analytics), run ads AND CREATE ALL YOUR DIGITAL MARKETING! Meaning in 1-2 months I could create enough digital content you’d be set for a long time! If products changes, I can come back as often as needed. But I can also create simple designs for: promotions, holidays, events etc...., efforts so you have artwork at your fingertips for the busy winter season.
EX - I can provide you with videos, images, collages, slideshows, promotional focus media, brand media etc.
I MANAGE A LOT OF LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES. HIRE ME LONG TERM OR FOR A MONTH. FREE CONSULTATIONS!
Message for my contact to discuss
I hope you are all well; and wish I could report better news but despite the $ bind...
I AM SO PROUD, AND SO IMPRESSED WITH MYSELF, AND ALL THE HARDWORK I AM DOING TO HEAL!
...while also, HELPING VICTIMS ACROSS THE NATION. I just did a 32 min speech for a judge in NJ on behalf of a victim, single mom of 2 boys. I CAN FIND EVERYONE HELP BUT ME!
TODAY I AM ASKING FOR HELP. NOT LIKE WHEN MY LAWYER 1st wrote this, or when Kevin launched it for my attorney. THIS TIME I AM ASKING FOR HELP!
What I hate most and what’s the hardest; I WOULD HELP YOU!
If you believe that genuinely...
please consider helping the lady whose always helping others
ANY HELP IS LIFE SAVING JUST LIKE LAST YEAR, BUT I NEED MORE HELP now; I do not even have $ for doctors.
CALL MY LAWYER
And my attorneys FREE call to learn facts is forever....NO ONE HAS CALLED, NOT 1 BLOOD RELATIVE OR OLD FRIEND...
‼️Why is no one calling? No one cares to learn? CALL HIM IF YOU NEED TO GRASP THE DIRE SITUATION
One love to you all! I’ll keep fighting....but I need a little help to do that! - Johanna
- ADVOCATES FOR VICTIMS OF ASSAULT
- SSDI/SSI app in
- DEPARTMENT OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITION
- BUILDING HOPE
- DILLON CHURCH
- HUMAN SERVICES (food stamps)
*i was selected as one of the very few for 'building hope' to map out my journey, mental health etc., to identify the flaws in our systems across the board and initiate changes/improvements. My situation was and is so flawed, but all encompassing- so, I am eager to share my story to ensure, no person ever fights the battles I do! Very excited to help my community; we severely need improvements and oh, how perfectly my story identifies many!!! STAY TUNED'
So overall (with no order)...this is what's going on. I have 3 agencies helping me pay rent. Only reason I have shelter. I applied for disability and the department of vocational rehabilitation (so it's a lot!!). I was proud I recentLY went to a suicide walk and spoke out, as well as, to the screening of 'Holden On' (#iamholdenon. Go see it!). I am in many social media groups both for cyber victims, as well as, woman's groups where we support one another's journey. I am sharing my story with a best selling offer soon!! I'm still advocating and helping victims from NJ to CA, and I won't stop! I just got a woman (with kids) criminal charges after she tried for years. I went through all the evidence and made comments so PD could grasp what was going on in each example...and the next she went to the police (tried for years) and BAM- charges!!! Even better I helped her prep for court, and the plea was not accepted and she's off to trial! It feels really good now to see tangible results from the people I help! I've been hiking a lot and going to my mental health team weekly, on top of all the other meetings.
SURE...I'm scared, terrified everyday but I'm also healing. Every 3 weeks or so there seems to be a moment I can acknowledge the healing process and all I am over coming. I've never had to work so hard in my life!!! Still, I am blown away how much I've healed in such a little time; especially since it's not over. Not at all. Choosing my battles now based on my ability to survive, I can't do the legal as much anymore. It's not healthy, yet I'm forced to do so I pace myself. The criminal is still breaking the law but the head DA is trying to shut down anb pd that wants to help, this is a fight - and I still only receive an insulting $93.45 a month. So I'm living off last of my savings (even though that money is all owed...$80k attorney and counting) but I'm getting out to community events more, I'm being pushed out of my comfort zone and working hard. I learn budgeting next week.
***I EVEN APPLIED for WORK***
Not ready but no choice. It'll be healing.
I seriously can't verbalize how much work I do each week but gratefully I do that much healing and helping as well!!
So things are hard and scary but I am giving it my all!!! I thank you all for those donations- kept me essentials like rent the months before the assistance. I don't what's going to happen. Or if I'm going to make it. But I just keep working. Being alone with PTSD is so hard, but I've made a friends as the beginning of rebuilding and no words could do justice is expressing my gratitude for those few in my life. I wish I had better news, but it's not looking like things are gonna be easy for a very long time. 8YEARS FIGHTING AND COUNTING...!!!
Lots of love to you all!!! Again, I'm sorry my update might seem scary, maybe sadness knowing situation, I'm not looking for pity just a CHANCE!!! I have to go take a online colorado college test for DVR (vocational) - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HELP!! I hope I make it so I can make you proud! I promise it went to essentials. I HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL, !
SENDING LOVE FROM COLORADO and ASKING FOR PRAYERS!!
All the best,
I totally missed these recent donations and am beyond grateful. Hopeful again!
Friends I'm in a bind. Facing being homeless as I look for work, and figure out shelter...advocates paid my rent july- sept but restitution checks are still only $93.45 a month and struggling to stand up to the DA alone. Food stamps are just under $200 a month, been to food bank...food truck tomorrow.
Disability app will be done this week! But no $ for about 8 months. Severe PTSD. But, I'll be looking for part time work next week when disability app is complete .. but nothing is enough to make it with da issues. Every organization I meet with cries for me, feels for me, notes they've never heard anything like this...that's bc it is that f'd up truly! But ''tis life and what I must face and fight!
I asked my family in writing for financial help in may and still have been ignored. They have not acknowledged the case or what I accomplished at all! But I'm helping victims across the nation and proud to admit I just helped a NJ victim fighting to years to get charged and it worked! I am helping everyone I can, just struggling to find help for me as the situation is WRONG and unique and unheard of...
If you can't donate, can you share??? Send good vibes? If not- help in your own way if you care?!?!? Things are serious, scary and mathematically even if I start working there is no way to pay for shelter, doctors, medicine, car insurance, phone etc. FACING HOMELESS OCT 1 but advocates and firc are trying to figure out how to help this unique mess!
I'll take prayers if nothing else. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME! I'm fighting hard and yes, I'm tired...but I've never stoped fighting so PRAYERS WELCOME AND NEEDED... crunch time.
Love you all! And so grateful for these recent donations!
I would advise her to apply for Medicaid (since she isn't working she would qualify) and this will cover her mental health appointments and any other doctors appts she needs. If for some reason she doesn't qualify (which she should) she can seek help at the free clinic in Frisco (they have mental health also). Also I would advise her to apply for food stamps - not working and living in Summit county it would be easy for her to qualify for food stamps. Also I would advise her to have a look at the affordable housing options for the area here: http://www.archdiocesanhousing.org/Default.aspx?CCID=35557&FID=648248&ExcludeBoolFalse=True&ID=/property-search-results put in mountain towns in the search qualifier and it will pull up ones in the area. Also call FIRC about the rentals that are in the area for summit county residents only that are affordable housing. Have her apply for the $10 a month for internet program with Comcast and apply for a free phone with phone service at qlink (she wont have a phonebill anymore this way and will save that money) Have her apply for LEAP to cover her electricity bills. (they will do a 200-300 payment for her with her electricity company and then she can also get on their GAP program which will lower her electricity rates to about $30 a month. Also if she is deemed disabled right now (mentally dealing with PTSD or anything) she can apply for SSI also and get disability payments monthy... also if she is disabled she can go onto the national parks website and get a free lifetime pass to the national parks
for your therapy and medical and dental you need to go over to the care clinic in Frisco and if you don't have an income or minimal income you can get services for free or a very low amount - call today and make an appointment so that you can meet with the eligibity tech and start getting the services - this is completely separate from Medicaid and is not Medicaid - you will get approved
As for phone you can get rid of the phone bill by getting the free phones and free phone service thru these organizations (and since you are on food stamps you automatically qualify) https://qlinkwireless.com/signup/d-6-717/?&utm_source=bing&utm_campaign=bing%20ads&utm_medium=cpc&B=17&A=17&SubAffiliateID=b-q+link+wireless&KW=q+link+wireless or http://www.assurancewireless.com/Public/Welcome.aspx also sign up for leap for your electricity for doctors - you should be on Medicaid - if you qualify for food stamps you would be automatic for Medicaid - and that pays for any medical need you may have. As for car insurance - you can use the summit stage to get around and park your car till you get on your feet financially .. for rent - try local churches too if FIRC cant help with the payment
Hi Joanna.. I just sent you a message on FB .. check other folder :)
I appreciate your tips and would like to run by you what's happening bc things are a mess and you are knowledgeable but don't realize maybe the uniqueness in my situation and appreciate you care so only if you have the time...thanks
Amy can we chat?