Abused victims become accused victims

Women in prison for killing pimp gets clemency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A woman who was 16 when she ambushed and killed her former pimp in a Southern California motel room has been granted clemency by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sara Kruzan, now 32, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the 1994 shooting death of George Gilbert Howard. Prosecutors said Kruzan was no longer working for Howard when she killed him.

Calling it “excessive,” Schwarzenegger commuted Kruzan’s life sentence to 25 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Her clemency petition to the governor, approved Sunday, cited years of abuse and psychiatric reports saying she suffered from battered women’s syndrome.

Sen. Leland Yee, who advocated for Kruzan, said she had turned her life around in prison and could be a role model for abused kids if released. Her case was the centerpiece of Yee’s failed bill to allow reduction of life sentences for minors.

Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/01/02/2217148/woman-in-prison-for-killing-pimp.html#ixzz1AIyTC2zq

16 years old when she was a sex worker?! Where is the outrage when minors are being pimped?! The media is not helping by glamorizing pimps’ attire, pimping rides, etc.

“We just took what we wanted”

This is an incredible video of a warden & therapist who runs a counseling program in a prison in South Africa, a country where 28% of men admit to committing rape.

Here’s the article by Elena Ghanotakis: South Africa:  Inside the Culture of Rape

My guide inside Pollsmoor was warden and therapist Chris Malgas, who runs a counseling program for convicted offenders using groupwork and individual therapy. My follow up story is a raw look at some of those interactions between Chris and his group, a testament to why it’s so difficult to stop South Africa’s cycle of sexual abuse.

Most of the sessions took place on the prison roof, away from the chaos and overcrowded conditions below. For safety reasons, we could only film during the mornings before the prison was locked down for the afternoon.

The perpetrators testimonies provide a grim picture of growing up in the townships and the crimes these men committed. Many talked about being exposed to violent gang culture from a young age, where rape was a rite of passage. “We just took what we wanted,” one gang member told me; it was “part of everyday things.”

Here’s the video – it’s 11 minutes long, but don’t let that put you off – it’s very interesting:

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/watch/player.html?pkg=rc93safrica&seg=1&mod=0