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Petitioning The Governor of CA

Ask Gov. Brown to commute Sara Kruzan's sentence or serve the remainder doing community service

 

Sara Kruzan was 11, her mom struggling w/ drug addiction, when she met G.G., the 31-year-old man who would become her pimp. When G.G. drove Sara and her friends to the roller skating rink or mall, it felt like having a real parent around. G.G. gave Sara presents; he told her she was special. So special, she should never give sex away for free.

He convinced her she that she was a commodity, groomed her for 2 years. Then he began raping her. His control was complete by then, and he forced her into prostitution. She and the other girls he exploited were out on the streets every night from 6pm to 6am. Twelve hours a night, 7 days a week, for 3 years, Sara Kruzan was raped by strangers so G.G. could profit. 

Some might say she did the world a favor when, finally, something in her snapped and she killed him.

Some might think so: other battered women charged with similar crimes have been able to successfully defend their conduct using a "battered women syndrome" defense. 

But Sara Kruzan, although a minor, was tried as an adult, convicted of murder and then sentenced to life without parole.

Surviving repeated sexual violence as a child exacts a cruel mental and physical toll. Sara Kruzan's 8th, 9th, and 10th grade years were stolen. Money and rape took the place of dances and dates. How can any woman ever recover from something like that?

But Sara Kruzan did survive, and although what she did was terrible, she knows it.

If ever there were mitigating circumstances, there were in Sara Kruzan's case. To tell Sara Kruzan that no matter how abused she was, her destiny is to spend still more time in prison, perhaps even to die there, is cruel and unusual punishment of a young girl who escaped from hell in a heinous way. Her case is a hideous example of over-sentencing.

Sara Kruzan has been punished, and she deserves hope. She deserves hope that she didn't survive three years of being raped and being sold for nothing. She deserves hope that the darkest chapter of her life has passed, hope that a horizon lies ahead. 

 

 

 

Please ask Governor Brown to commute her sentence to "time already served" or at least allow her to serve the remainder of the 25 years in prison, so horribly imposed on her, performing community service.

 

Please ask Governor Brown to commute her sentence to "time already served" or at least allow her to serve the remainder of the 25 years in prison, so horribly imposed on her, performing community service.

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