Aid for Alisha

For: Alisha Waters
Organizer: Edwin Scudder
of $25,000 goal
22% Complete
Raised by 57 donors
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The Story

On Tuesday August 6thin Ft. Thomas Kentucky, my niece Alisha Waters was shot 5 times by her estranged husband, DJ Mathis (3 in the abdomen, once in the leg, and once in the neck). He then put the gun to his head and killed himself.

Miraculously she survived, but the bullet to her neck severed her spinal cord.

She is now a quadriplegic. 

They had been separated for three months, when my niece filed for an Emergency Protection Order, which was granted; however six days later, it was rescinded by Judge Lisa Bushelman because there were (according to the judge) "No signs of domestic abuse", meaning she was not physically or sexually abused.

The victimhas to prove that they have been physically or sexually abused making the Domestic Violence Order the result of criminal activity.

One of the things we are trying as a family to accomplish is to amend the law surrounding the granting of the EPO/DVO, as well as the law regarding stalking and harassment.

Within a 2 week period Alisha had received 186 texts from her separated husband.

He used psychological abuse, threats of violence, and threats of harm in his texts and calls.

We are asking help from the public to amend these Kentucky laws to include stalking as a civil matter. We wish to bring Kentucky into the 21st century and force them to recognize that one can be abused physically as well as mentally

Had Alisha been granted the DVO, DJ would have been denied the purchase of the gun that changed her life forever.

Alisha has finally returned home; prior she had spent 4 months at 3 different rehab facilities. Representative Thomas Kerr KY-064 has introduced HB-501 which adds the definition of stalking to the domestic violence law. It is still a criminal statute.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 25, 2014

Posted on August 25, 2014

We have 7 days left on this fundraiser. Please give thoughtfully and graciously. You will be rewarded with kindness and thanks

Posted on August 19, 2014

Posted on August 19, 2014

The picture in the Enquirer story below is by Patrick Reddy

Posted on August 6, 2014

Posted on August 6, 2014

New article by Terry DeMio of the Enquirer - Cincinnati and Kentucky on the anniversary of Alisha Waters attempted murder. Check out Terry's page and give a follow. She's been very kind to us with her articles covering Alisha.

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