i was just a child not yet healed from being sexually abused
My name is Elizabeth Heather Zakheim aka Rupa Manjari devi dasi. I am a member of ISKCON for over 10 years and a person who tried very hard to be a Vedic wife despite the fact that behind closed doors, I was physically and sexually assaulted by the man who was supposed to love and protect me – my husband, a much older and mentally disturbed individual, by the name of Nathan Zakheim aka Nara Narayan dasa Vishwakarma.
I just left an 8 year marriage in which I was physically, sexually, emotionally, verbally and psychologically abused on a constant basis. Nathan used brainwashing and guilt to shame me into marrying him, even though I was a young and naive girl of 23, saying that “This is God’s and Prabhupada’s Will” until after 7 months I gave in, feeling trapped.
He then proceeded to continuously brainwash me with Krishna Conscious rhetoric, and abuse the Sastras (Vedic Scripture) in order to try to have as much sex as possible. He refused to do any work at all, even though in the past he made millions of dollars in the art restoration business, with the result that we had zero income for almost the entire marriage. Consequently I lived for 8 years in poverty, having to turn to the government for welfare, food stamps, and health insurance. Were it not for these, my children and I would have starved.
I tried to leave him several times before, but out of financial need, and fear, and his nonstop brainwashing, I went back to him. I left him for the final time in December 2015, after he gave me a black eye. I had a restraining order and a lock-out order placed upon him by the court of Santa Monica, but he violated both orders by breaking and entering our former apartment, and seizing anything of value, and taking all of the money I had in the world – $700 — a well as my laptop computer (which later he returned).
My children are with family members as I am penniless and struggling to survive. I was literally starving between December and January, and suffered a complete and total nervous breakdown, from which I am gradually recovering.
I need a lot of help to rebuild my life, to procure a living space, and to prove to the courts that I am fit to care and have custody for my children. I need funds to cover utilities and other living expenses such as food, clothing, etc.
Please help me at this critical juncture as I have ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY. I have literally $30 to my name and I am sleeping on a couch in Oregon.
I am sincerely trying to rebuild a healthy, peaceful, productive life for me and my children. Please help me by donating to this fund.