WI - Chrystul Kizer, 19, sex trafficking victim who killed her abuser, released from jail, June 2020

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  1. aThousandYearsWide

    aThousandYearsWide Well-Known Member

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    A teenager accused of killing her alleged sex trafficker is released from jail on $400,000 bond

    A Wisconsin teenager accused of killing her alleged sex trafficker was released from jail Monday on $400,000 bond, according to the organization that paid for her release.

    Chrystul Kizer, 19, had been jailed for nearly two years since being charged in connection with the June 2018 death of Randall P. Volar III, according to the Chicago Community Bond Fund.

    "No one should be incarcerated for surviving violence against them," the Chicago bond fund said in a statement.

    The Kenosha County District Attorney's Office told CNN they're not commenting on Kizer's release since this is an ongoing case.

    Kizer, who is Black, was allegedly trafficked by Volar, who was White, beginning when she was 16 years old, the bond fund said.

    Kizer maintains that Volar's death was the result of self-defense, the fund said.

    "Far too often, survivors of violence -- especially Black women and girls -- are punished for defending themselves," the statement said. "Chrystul's case highlights the urgent need for the criminal legal system to stop prosecuting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault."

    Kizer is facing first-degree intentional homicide and use of a dangerous weapon, and four other felony charges, according to Kenosha County court records.

    Her original $1 million bond was reduced to $400,000 in February, according to court records. Her bond was signed Monday and posted Tuesday.

    When Kizer's case ends, the bond money will be used to establish a national fund for survivors of domestic and sexual violence facing charges, the statement said.

    Chrystul Kizer: Wisconsin teen accused of killing her alleged sex trafficker is released from jail on $400,000 bond - CNN
     


  2. Marg from Oz

    Marg from Oz Well-Known Member

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    Where did the $400,000 come from? Who put that amount of money up?
     
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    oviedo Well-Known Member

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    I hope this gets more media coverage - how can this be possible?
     
  4. aThousandYearsWide

    aThousandYearsWide Well-Known Member

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    Several funds and organizations helped bail her out.

    "Kizer was released after a $400,000 bond was paid by the Chicago Community Bond Fund, the Milwaukee Freedom Fund, Survived & Punished, and the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee.

    The Chicago Community Bond Fund, an organization that has worked to help bail out people who have been arrested at protests that have taken place across the country in the weeks after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, said that they had been inundated with donations from people across the country and decided to use some of the money to help free Kizer after bailing out protesters in six counties across Illinois."

    Chrystul Kizer, A 19-Year-Old Sex Trafficking Victim, Was Released From Jail On Bail
     
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    Approximately 60 supporters took to the sidewalk outside of the courthouse along Sheridan Road, holding signs that said “Free Chrystul,” “Drop the charges” and other similar sentiments.

    Local resident Allison Garren organized Monday’s protest, stating that she did so because she knows people who have been sex trafficked “and these people do not deserve to be victimized for attempting to escape their abusers. They need our support, not punishment.”

    The Kizer case has been one of interest for many, and has been picked up by even The New York Times and other large media outlets around the country.

    “I believe this case gained so much national attention because people know and agree that it is horrendous to punish a survivor of sex trafficking,” Garren said.

    “If Randy Volar was appropriately prosecuted for his previous acts of child sexual abuse in 2018, then none of this would have happened. He was released without bail and that shows a severe issue with our justice system.“

    WATCH NOW: 'Do better': Protesters gather to demand DA drop charges against Kizer | Local News | lakegenevanews.net
     
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    aThousandYearsWide Well-Known Member

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    There was another woman, Cyntoia Brown, that this happened to. Also a sex trafficking victim she shot a man that was paying her for sex, and she was in prison for 15 years and released last year.

    "Earlier this year, then-Gov. Bill Haslam took the unusual step of granting Brown clemency for what he called a "tragic and complex case," a major victory for Brown and her supporters, who for years have maintained that the 2004 killing was an act of self-defense.

    Her case gained new scrutiny with the rise of the #MeToo movement, as her supporters drew attention to the case using the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown. Criminal justice reform advocates portrayed Brown's case as an example of the unreasonable incarceration of a teenager who was a victim of sex trafficking

    Over the years, the fight for Brown's release has brought prominent lawyers to her defense, a PBS documentary and backing from celebrities including Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna. Her case also inspired the introduction of state legislation aimed at protecting minors who are victims of sex trafficking."

    Cyntoia Brown Released After 15 Years In Prison For Murder
     
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    aThousandYearsWide Well-Known Member

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    Why was this man released the same day as his arrest for sex crime against a minor!!??

    "Kizer wasn't the only young Black girl who was abused and filmed by Volar. He was previously arrested by authorities in 2017 after a 15-year-old called the police from Volar's home and told police them that a man had given her drugs and that he was going to kill her. Volar was subsequently charged with child enticement, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and second-degree sexual assault of a child. Police officers confiscated evidence from Volar's home including hard drives and clothing. He was released the same day that he was arrested and remained free while police investigated him for abusing multiple girls."

    Chrystul Kizer, A 19-Year-Old Sex Trafficking Victim, Was Released From Jail On Bail
     
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  8. Vail

    Vail Justice for Kara & Jessica

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    I find it a little odd the media is using her name without Chrystul being specifically quoted. Is she speaking out? Her name should otherwise not have been publicized in combination with "sex trafficking victim" tsk.
     
  9. Dsasleuth

    Dsasleuth Hannah Truelove Liaison & Verified Family Friend Staff Member

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    If this truly is believed to a trafficking case, is there an imminent sweep of all minors involved around this case
    , like we have recently seen in MI.
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    GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. --Fifty-one kids are now out of harm’s way, thanks to a huge effort from multiple police agencies in Genesee County.

    51 children saved from the clutches of human trafficking following sweep in Genesee County
     
  10. momsof3

    momsof3 Well-Known Member

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    I came on to check on the status of this and was so amazed and gratified that Crystul's case was getting so much attention in a good way.

    How infuriating! Why was this man let out! This Washington Post article is long and detailed. And infuriating.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/local/child-sex-trafficking-murder/

    ETA - I didn't see your post before I posted @Vail . I wonder if this type of situation is a "Hobson's choice" - they need to humanize her to raise awareness, but then she loses her anonymity. After reading the wapo article I hope she gets "wraparound" services. She, like many trafficked children, didn't come from a super-stable background and could benefit from some long-term stability, counseling etc.



    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/local/child-sex-trafficking-murder/
    How infuriating! Why was this man let out! This Washington Post article is long and detailed. And infuriating!
     
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  11. Bradley Q.

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    Ah, I remember hearing about this case a while ago. It's good to see that she's been bailed out- hopefully the charges are dropped.
     
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