Help Victims Seek Justice

$3,082 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 165 people in 33 months
This GoFundMe account was set up because of recent events. Jake Mcelfresh, commonly known as "Front Porch Step," who has a known history of inappropriate misconduct with several underage girls is challenging his former girlfriend in court. Jake Mcelfresh's ex-girlfriend Autumn Lavis spoke out against his behaviors and shared a detailed account of her experience.

Autumn provided proof of him online admitting to these behaviors, and now Jake is attacking her in court. He filed on the premise that she was "slandering" him, and that she ruined his "image." He's taking no responsibility for his actions and is putting the blame on her. After completely turning Autumn's life upside down, similar to his prior statement, Jake is playing victim. When, in fact, Autumn was very tactful in speaking out. She wants to stand up for the girls he abused and emotionally manipulated, and she wants to prevent further girls from enduring that fate.

Autumn is choosing to defend herself in court the first week in August. This project is to help her raise money for a lawyer to fight back against Jake and his lawyers. Jake is also trying to make her pay all court costs. On top of that, she has to fly out of the state, resulting in a huge financial burden. She is also unable to continue to pay for her therapy because of this.

The court date is approaching soon (in less than two weeks) and we need you to act fast.

If you are upset by the situation and you want to stand up for our music scene, especially to make it a safe place, please donate to the cause. Anything helps. This GoFundMe account will remain open for other victims of Jake Mcelfresh's if they wish to seek justice of their own. Any funds left over will be used to help pay for therapy of the victims and/or donated to a non-profit organization.

Thank you.



There are many links and articles about this issue, here are just a few if you're not familiar with what's going on.

http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/everything_we_know_about_the_sexual_harassment_allegations_against_front_po

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/10/arts/music/front-porch-step-is-accused-of-misconduct-with-teenagers-online.html?_r=0

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/02/front-porch-step-warped-tour

http://pupfresh.com/post/123130989879
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Hey guys! Just an update for you. You guys did so incredible at helping me reach the goal of $2,500 in a day. I mean really, I'm blown away. And completely overwhelmed with love and support. I'm going to raise it to $3,000. Generally lawyers are $200-$1,000 an hour. I'm still shopping around to find someone affordable but I want to make sure this money can stretch to these girls as much as possible. Again, thank you for everything. You're making such a significant difference and I appreciate you more than you know.
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I just would like everyone to know that I will be posting receipts for everything so you know it's all accounted for. I just want everyone to be reassured that I will not be profiting off of this. Like I stated, all money will go towards court fee's, a lawyer, etc. I have a friend who is going to let me crash on his couch so I'm not wasting money on a hotel. And I have postponed my own therapy that I pay for and doing without so I can afford this. I'm being as frugal as possible so that the rest of the money can stretch for these girls to have for their therapy needs or should they wish to seek action of their own. I'm not encouraging them to do anything, just simply letting them know the money is there for them if they need it. Left overs will go to non-profits so feel free to suggest any. One of the underage girls attempted to go to the police before and was not taken seriously so that is why this is here. Also I would like to clarify that I never said "sue", he is challenging me in court trying to get a unnecessary restraining order against me under the false pretense that I "slandered" him. I have not tried to contact him what so ever and had told him to leave me alone for months prior to me getting my restraining order. If this goes through, I could potentially face a $50 dollar fine and up to 10 days in jail anytime I'm not careful with what I say, etc. This is his way of getting back at me for speaking out and sharing my experience and standing up for these girls. After all I've been through, I don't want Jake to have power over my life anymore.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all who are helping. Even if it's a dollar or you're sharing this, it means so much to me. I didn't want to have to resort to this but felt I had no other option. I had no idea it would do well and I am forever grateful. I love you guys. I'm overwhelmed with the support and I wouldn't be able to do it without you.
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Kristen Stergios
33 months ago

This should be public record so where is the proof what county is it being filed in. If people are donating they need proof.

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Raised by 165 people in 33 months
Created July 24, 2015
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Ashlee Mankowski-Gilmore
33 months ago

Good luck! I hope you seek justice!

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Lyndsay Mikalauskas
33 months ago

Supporting you always. ♥ I'm so sorry & I can't imagine what you're going through.

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33 months ago
Kristen Stergios
33 months ago

This should be public record so where is the proof what county is it being filed in. If people are donating they need proof.

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