Mike Stenhouse, 401-429-6115
Providence, RI - After being threatened
with rape and murder, the subject of a campus wide protest-march organized by Providence
College officials who did little to support him, a campus "no
trespass" order against him by the school itself, and soon required
to appear in court to defend himself against a civil restraining order, Michael
Smalanskas is in need of legal representation he cannot afford.
The campus ban and restraining order,
initiated by a vengeful Vice President, Kristine Goodwin, means he
cannot work at his summer on-campus job.
Smalanskas' unbelievable story, which recently
was the subject of WJAR-10, Ocean State Current, and GoLocalProv.com features, and which
previously received national attention, has inspired the RI Center for
Freedom & Prosperity to establish a crowdfunding drive to raise money
for his legal defense and to investigate whether college Title IX or civil
rights violations have occurred.
The Freedomyfy.com crowdfunding website can accept tax-deductible contributions from those who wish to
help the aggrieved Catholic student, who was unjustly persecuted by students,
employees, and the Catholic college itself, for advancing Catholic teachings on
marriage. All donated moneys will be reserved in a restricted-account-fund by
the Center, to be paid to any nonprofit legal entity that Smalanskas chooses to
Smalanskas, of Holden, Massachusetts, is a
recently graduated senior at Providence College - a Dominican Catholic
college in Providence, Rhode Island. He was also an employee of the
college as a resident advisor (RA) to his dormitory Saint Joseph's Hall.
After attempting to engage in honest political
debate earlier this semester, Smalanskas, who posted on the bulletin board in
his dorm a defense of traditional Catholic marriage, Smalanskas has been
repeatedly threatened by other students. Now this week, as first reported by The Ocean State Current, Smalanskas is being personally targeted by Goodwin, Vice
President of Student Affairs at Providence College, who misrepresented facts to
the state judicial system and convinced them to issue a personal restraining
order against Smalanskas; this, in addition to manipulating college
administrators to issue a 'campus no trespass' order against him.