Include Stalking (by physical or digital means) in Kentucky's Definition of Domestic violence and amend the issuence of Domestic Violence Orders to become Civil Law Rather Than Criminal Law.
  • Petitioning Rep. Adam Koenig KY-069

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KY Rep.
Rep. Adam Koenig KY-069
KY Rep.
Rep. Sal Santoro KY-060
KY Rep.
Rep. Addia Wuchner KY-066
KY Senator
Sen. John Schickel KY-011
KY Rep.
Rep. Joseph Fischer KY-068
KY Sen.
Sen. Katie Stine KY-024
KY Rep
Rep. Thomas McKee KY-078
KY Rep.
Rep. Arnold Simpson KY-065
Governor, KY
Gov. Steve Beshear
KY. Rep
Jeff Hoover
KY Rep.
Rep. Thomas Kerr - 064
KY Rep.
Rep. Dennis Keene KY-067 (KY Rep.)
Kentucky Governor
Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky State House

Include Stalking (by physical or digital means) in Kentucky's Definition of Domestic violence and amend the issuence of Domestic Violence Orders to become Civil Law Rather Than Criminal Law.

    1. Edwin Scudder
    2. Petition by

      Edwin Scudder

      Cincinnati, United States

    On Tuesday August 6th in 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 based on harassing texts and phone calls from DJ. The EPO was granted, however six days later, it was rescinded by Judge Lisa Bushelman because there were (according to the judge) "No signs of domestic abuse", meaning she was not physically or sexually abused, therefore she had no right to a domestic violence order.

     In Kentucky, the victim has to prove that they have been physically or sexually abused, before a DVO will be issued 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, and threats of harm in his texts and calls.

     We are asking for 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 mentally as well as physically.

     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.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Patrick Reddy

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      The picture in the Enquirer story below on Aug 6, 2014 is by Patrick Reddy.

    2. One Year Anniversary

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      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.

      http://tinyurl.com/mrh537p

      1 year later, Alisha Waters is not a victim

      Alisha Waters becomes silent and zeroes in on her foot when she is told: "Wiggle your toes." She tries, fixated. A toe moves. "I saw it!" Waters exclaims, eyes wide. "Did you see it?"

    3. The Latest Videos

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      I've been adding new videos to Alisha's YouTube Channel. Check it out! You'll see the most recent news videos and some amazing homemade stuff. http://tinyurl.com/pf3fc7t

      Alisha Waters Channel

      Alisha Waters Was shot by her estranged husband 5 times who then killed himself. Alisha is now a quadriplegic. She had applied for a Domestic Violence Order,...

    4. Dr Phil Show Redux

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      To all who saw Alisha's segment on the Dr. Phil show July 14, 2014. We were never informed of any air date, so we feel sub-marined.

      1. The segment was was filmed 10 months ago on October 14, 2013 and at the time of the filming, Tammy (Alisha's mother) told them that the pictures they were using for Alisha's husband, were not of DJ but TJ, who is her brother in the Navy. They said they'd fix it in editing, which did not happen. So the pictures you saw of her attempted murderer were actually her brother, and not her estranged husband. We're worried for his career because of this.

      2. Being under contract, We were not allowed to disclose anything related to the segment until it had aired. So while we did get a check from Aflac for $25,000; that was back in late October of 2013 and went to all the renovations on the house for Alisha's room. We just did not want anyone to think we got the donation yesterday and were being dishonest in any way.

    5. Baby steps

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      We have gotten a little bump over the last week with over one hundred signatures. Let's keep the momentum going.
      Peace and love to you all.

    6. We Need Signatures!

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      We need thousands of signatures to amend this KY domestic violence law! Please sign and pass on to your friends via Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. Surely we can help save lives!

    7. Van Contest

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      Alisha's family and I would like to thank each and every one of you who participated in this contest and endured our reminders to vote daily. Because of you we made it to the semi-finals! It's now up to the essay to take us to the winner's circle. We'll know on May 30. Thanks again!

      - Edwin Scudder

      http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/alisha-waters-florence-ky/

      Alisha Waters

      Alisha Waters Florence, KY I was 47 when I fully understood what a hero was. My niece, Alisha Waters, was gunned down by her estranged husband as she walked into work. He shot her five times severing her spinal cord then committed suicide. He died instantly, and she became a quadriplegic.

    8. Reached 4,000 signatures
    9. Win Alisha a Van

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      Two days left to vote for a Wheelchair access van for Alisha.

      http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/alisha-waters-florence-ky/

      We need as many votes as we can to pull this off.

    10. WXIX Interview

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer
      Ky. bill aims to make stalking part of state's domestic violence law

      Victims of stalking are not currently protected under Kentucky's domestic violence law, but now there's a plan in motion to change that. Kentucky State Representative Thomas Kerr from Taylor Mill introduced a bill last month that would make stalking part of the state's domestic violence law.

    11. New Donation Website

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      The website gofundme has been deactivated due to lack of response. Please use the new one at www.youcaring.com/AlishaWaters. Make certain to use a capitol "A" and a capitol "W" with no space in between.

    12. Mobility Van Contest

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      Help Alisha win a mobility van by voting every day at MobilityAwarenessMonth.com/entrant/alisha-waters-florence-ky/ If you have problems voting, keep trying. It will eventually go through.

      http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/boone-county/florence/alisha-waters-shot-by-her-husband-and-paralyzed-nky-woman-hopes-to-win-wheelchair-accessible-van

      Alisha Waters: Shot by her husband and paralyzed, NKY woman hopes to win wheelchair-accessible van

      FLORENCE, Ky. - Alisha Waters' estranged husband shot her five times, took his own life and left her a quadriplegic. But Waters has vowed to walk again and to campaign for new laws to protect women and men from domestic violence. She is working hard on her exercises and getting some small movement back.

    13. Decision-maker Rep. Thomas Kerr KY-064 responds:

      Rep. Thomas Kerr KY-064

      To address this matter, and to help prevent a recurrence of the tragedy suffered by Alisha Waters, I have introduced HB 501, which adds stalking as one of the actions for which a judge may issue an Emergency Protective Order or Domestic V...


    14. Tammy Russell (Alisha's Mom), Jan. 19, 2014

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      First, I want to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers. It really means a lot to our family. I don't think anyone knows just how much!
      Alisha is doing much better since we first got home. She doesn't have much of that excruciating pain any longer. She has made some small strides in her movement. She can move both of her arms from the shoulders, she is gaining more use in her elbows and can even bring her right hand to her face. She scratched her own face the other day with her right hand and was so proud of that accomplishment! I know it doesn't seem like much, but she has accomplished some pretty major steps along the way. We are still waiting for her power chair to arrive. We are also still looking for a tilt in space shower chair. There were problems that started as soon as we arrived home. We didn't have all the equipment, or medication she needed. Her Medicaid was coming out of New Jersey for some reason! It was a mess, but things are starting to look up.

    15. Continued

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      As we've begun our "new normal," things are starting to come together. With some help from friends and family, we have settled into a routine. The Medicaid is finally straightened out, which is a giant relief. I'm hoping to get back to work someday soon, but I have to make sure Alisha's needs are taken care of first. She needs 24/7 care, whether that be in a program for disabled people or just being at home. Regardless, I have to make arrangements for her to be with a trained professional or trained family member or friend when I can't be with her.
      Alisha has an appointment with the pulmonologist on Tuesday in hopes of getting her trach out! Please, everyone, keep your fingers crossed and your prayers coming! We still need all those things coming our way!!
      Also, there is a motorcycle benefit ride being planned by our great friends, Steve and Michelle Hall through KMA for Alisha, scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014. Details are few right now, but we'll have more soon!!

    16. Picking up the Pace

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      The momentum has stopped. Since Alisha has come home, support has gone from a waterfall to a drip. We still have the same needs (if not more) as before. Where she once had 24 hour care in the rehab centers, she now has only her mother and 4 family members to take care of her, all of whom have jobs and school. Please help by continuing your shares and posts. I'm going to do my best to reinvigorate this campaign. I have some ideas for the future, but could really use all my friends support right now. Don't forget her petition to amend KY's law to aid all domestic violence victims: https://www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-amend-kentucky-restraining-order-and-stalking-laws, nor her fundraising site - www.gofundme.com/AlishaWaters Thanks for all your kindness and support so far, and hopefully this marathon will surpass this hill and run on flat land again.

      Petition to Amend Kentucky Restraining Order and Stalking Laws

      ATTEMPTED MURDER On Tuesday August 6th in Ft. Thomas Kentucky, my niece Alisha Waters was shot 5 times by her estranged husband (3 in the...

    17. Anonymous Angels

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      I apologize for not updating Alisha's status for a while, but this is all new to us and we are struggling with unexpected adversities. There are insurance problems, medical equipment problems (they delivered her Hoyer lift at 3:15 in the morning), she still doesn't have her mechanical wheelchair, and the manual one that was delivered had no headrest (luckily the loaner did, so we kept that), she had no caseworker or social worker. Her medicaid card came fairly quickly although it was from the state of New Jersey. This past Friday we found out her nursing care would end on January 3rd. Luckily (thanks to 2 people who shall remain anonymous until they wish to be disclosed), we are beginning to straighten all of this out. I don't know what we would have done without them. One had guided me to another who had the power to call the CEO's of nursing companies and start this frozen train rolling again. If it hadn't been for the two of them, we would have been lost in a mist.

    18. Dr. Phil

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      It seems the segment of Alisha filmed by the Dr. Phil Show is not to be seen anytime soon, if at all, despite the publicity her case has received with The Daily Mail of UK and The New York Times Opinion page. Without it being aired we're stuck in a contract that restricts our National Media coverage. Simply put, we could grow her story and try to save more more lives through a broader spectrum if they would simply play it or release us from our contract. If you'd like please contact them. Maybe through the outreach of others we can achieve some awareness.

    19. The Daily Mail - Great Britian

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      Well, friends our story has hit Europe! And we're very near the 3,500 mark. Thanks everyone.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2524417/Woman-paralyzed-shot-estranged-husband-vows-walk-again.html

      Woman paralyzed after being shot by husband vows to walk again

      Alisha Waters was shot five times by her h usband as she arrived for work on August 6 Dennis Mathis then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide She has spent four months in rehab after being rendered quadriplegic Now wants an amendment to Kentucky law to help those

    20. Reached 3,000 signatures
    21. Dr. Phil

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      It appears Alisha's segment on Dr. Phil may air Monday Oct. 28. Haven't heard anything official, but the preview from today's show displays the same guests.

    22. Breaking down Walls

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      Today was a very busy day. As most of you know already, today was the taping of the Dr Phil show. Everyone was running around like crazy trying to help Alisha get prepared to go downstairs to get the "show on the road!" We got her dressed, of course in her University of Kentucky wear, got her in her wheelchair and then onto hair and makeup. She really didn't need any makeup because she is so beautiful already!
      Kurt was already downstairs getting his hair and makeup done. They fussed over him and her for a little bit, while giving them instruction on what to expect from the taping.
      It was a spectacular sight, watching 2 of my children preparing to be on national TV. I was just sitting on the sidelines as I really wasn't part of the show, but still enjoyed being able to be there.
      We all went into this little tiny room, where there were cameras, monitors, wires, lights and camera men. The show was geared towards domestic violence. No air date as of yet, but we'll let you know soon!

    23. The Wheel Keeps Rolling

      Edwin Scudder
      Petition Organizer

      Friends, we have broken the 1500 signature mark, and we couldn't have done it without you! Lets keep the wheel rolling! Share on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social site you can think of. We can easily reach our goal with you and the power of the internet.

      Thanks so much for your support!

      Edde Scudder

    24. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • stacie kilmer INDEPENDENCE, KY
      • 4 days ago

      I am a victim of domestic violence and all technology has been part of my DVO. The physical abuse is bad enough. When technology and social media become part of it , my fears and mental state become even more life altering. I have had my DVO against the same person for 13yrs. Please pass this.

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    • Victoria Morris ERLANGER, KY
      • 4 days ago

      I'm signing this because I have gotten out of a domestic abuse. He is not liking it and I'm scared. Laws have to changrt!!

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    • allison stacy LAKESIDE PARK, KY
      • 4 days ago

      I have been through this

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    • Sara Young INDEPENDENCE, KY
      • 7 days ago

      sara.young@twc.comisha, and en denoted Ann

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    • deanna ball FLORENCE, KY
      • 7 days ago

      I was in an abusive relationship and was also harassed and feared for myself and my child

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