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Crystul Kizer is the target of Hero Blaming

We petition to the court to stay her sentence and free her as the community feels she did a service to the community. This poor girl has been abused and sold for profit and pleasure by a man the police were aware had been having sex with underage black women and suspected of trafficking. She saved the lives other girls buy defending and protecting herself and deserves to be free from prosecution and further abuse by this system. Also she has to live with the fact that a dead rapist will damage her even more for being a hero and removing him. We call on the Governor to pardon her for being a hero

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After nearly two years of incarceration in the Kenosha County Jail, child trafficking survivor Chrystul Kizer was released Monday after community activists raised her $400,000 bail. The case of Kizer, who shot and killed her suspected trafficker after a year of sexual abuse and violence, has drawn international attention from advocates who say she is a victim acting in self-defense and have campaigned for charges to be dropped. Her bail was raised by a combination of community groups that included the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee, Chicago Community Bond Fund, Milwaukee Freedom Fund and Survived & Punished. When Kizer was 16, she posted an ad on a website later seized by the FBI as a forum for prostitution. Kizer said she posted the advertisement to get money for school supplies and snacks. She didn't know who would respond since she was new to the site and had to have another girl show her how to use it. Kenosha resident Randall P. Volar III was the first to contact Kizer. At the time they met, Volar was already under investigation by the Kenosha Police Department for sexual conduct with underage girls as young as 12. He was 33. From Milwaukee to Kenosha, Volar physically and sexually abused Kizer over a period of months. Police found evidence that he was abusing multiple underage Black girls. in February 2018, he was arrested and charged, and released without bail. In June 2018, when Kizer was 17, she shot and killed Volar, set his Kenosha house on fire and fled in his BMW. Her bail was originally set at $1 million. According to the news release, when Kizer's case ends, a majority of the returned bail money will be used to establish a national bail fund for criminalized survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The fund will be under the direction of Survived & Punished and housed at the National Bail Fund Network. Survived & Punished is a national coalition that includes survivors, organizers, victim advocates, legal advocates and attorneys, policy experts, scholars, and currently and formerly incarcerated people. Additionally, a percentage of the returned money will be donated to Milwaukee Freedom Fund for its ongoing bail fund. Chrystul Kizer's Defense Committee is also collecting donations to continue to support her legal defense, living expenses and ongoing costs of treatment and care. Mia Noel of the Milwaukee Freedom Fund said this collaborative effort shows what is possible for the community. "The better world (that) protesters are struggling for is one that protects not punishes young, Black survivors like Chrystul," Noel said in the news release. "Her case deepens the current calls for justice and the need to keep fighting to transform our society. While the systems designed to hurt Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and People of Color communities still exist, bail funds and mutual aid projects are a necessity." Kizer's case has attracted attention nationally and internationally. As of this week, a fundraiser for Kizer has raised more than $63,000 over the course of 136 days. A petition to #FreeChrystul that has circulated widely on social media has received nearly 1 million signatures. Hundreds of letters, encouraging words, artwork and books were sent to her jail cell in Kenosha. Even more support posted online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, each sharing the same message: #FreeChrystul. The support on social media also called on supporters to write letters, make phone calls and send emails to Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley, asking him to drop the charges against Kizer, who is now 19.

News source Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article!