Help support rape survivor Brittany Smith

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Brittany and I am being accused of shooting my rapist in self-defense, which could send me to prison for life. I'm a mother of four beautiful, amazing children. They are the best thing that could ever have happened to me and they are what keep me going. 

In January of 2018, I agreed to let an acquaintance named Todd sleep on my couch for the night in order to escape a snow storm. Todd ended up holding me captive in my own home for hours. He threatened to kill me if I tried to contact anyone, brutally raped me multiple times, tried to break my neck and choked me until I urinated on myself and went unconscious more than once. He beat me so badly my fingernails were ripped off, and I had 33 visible wounds on my body, not to mention internal injuries. 

Eventually I was able to get a message to my brother who came to help. Todd attacked him, and was choking my brother to the point where i feared for my life, while yelling that he was going to kill all of us. 

Todd was shot. My brother and I called 911 and did CPR and chest compressions for 20 minutes waiting on someone to get there. When the police arrived, they made us stop the CPR. 

The next day I was arrested for murder. 

Afterwards, I found out Todd had been arrested 80 times, many of them for domestic violence. While they were married, he bit his wife’s face, broke her nose, ribs and even her jaw. He was a very violent man. He was a monster. A predator to women.

I am facing life in prison, away from my children, for defending myself. I am innocent. I need your help. Up until this point I have only been able to acquire court appointed attorneys that do not have the experience with Stand Your Ground cases that I so desperately need.  

My children are my reason for living, and I don’t know if I’ll survive being separated from them. Please, my life depends on your support.