Woman with 32K breasts targeted by trolls after launching fundraising appeal for a reduction
In this online world in which we're living in, crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly common trend. Whether it's people trying to get others to pay for their holiday or attempting to raise cash for disasters such as the Grenfell Tower Fire, the reasons behind crowdfunding pages vary significantly.
However, as with all things that exist on the internet, crowdfunding opens you up to trolls who don't believe that your cause is worthy of their money and want to let you know about it. Unfortunately for one woman from the UK, she found this out first hand.
20-year-old Jasmin-Alexandra Vlassi has saved $1,400 toward the $9,000 she needs in order to get her 32K breasts reduced and has set up a GoFundMe page in order to help cover the costs.
But while the young woman claims that she "always hesitated to make one of these pages as I know there are people that deserve help so much more," online trolls still decided to hurl abuse in her direction.
Jasmin suffers from Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO), which makes the pain from her breasts even worse. In spite of this, one troll still decided to inform the girl that she should be 'punched in the throat' while another said that she should have her 'pout cut off'.
Taking to the website, Jasmin said:
"I have always hesitated to make one of these pages as I know there are people that deserve help so much more.
"I have had to make the choice to go private to receive a breast reduction I have longed for since I was young.
"I won't write my sob story as I don't want to bore anyone, I would love if anyone could spare even a tiny amount to help towards the cost. I have a £1,000 deposit to pay and the other few thousand I will be able to pay up.
"Any help would be greatly appreciated and if anyone has any questions or anything please send a message! The amount of girls I've had saying they'd like to do the same is unreal. I'd love to help anyone I can."
Even though the appeal has attracted plenty of donations, with the total standing being £555 ($700), Jasmin has had to deal with unnecessary abuse:
"I've had death threats and all sorts," she told the Daily Record.
"I burst out crying the other day because I missed my bus stop from stressing out, so I ended up somewhere I didn't know and took a panic attack outside a shop.
"I was so lucky there was a nice woman there who called me a taxi to get home and let me stay in the shop. I was just that scared to be alone."
Despite the abuse, Jasmin is staying positive and trying to not let the trolls bring her down.
"I've had so much help from people and it's been beautiful to see that people care and want to give, as they didn't need to at all, so it means the world," she said.
"There has been negativity too, but that's okay because I know that those people don't understand the story fully, that's not their fault.
"They just don't know me, and it's hard to tell the kind of person someone is without actually meeting and getting to know them."
While these people may believe that Jasmin's cause isn't worthy of their money, it doesn't give them an excuse to hurl abuse at her. If you don't want to hand over your money, don't. It's that simple.