Chrystul Kizer is a survivor of child sex trafficking. A conference/bail review for her case is being held Monday, June 8th at the Kenosha City Court house. She is wrongly being charged with first degree homicide during an act of self-defense against her abuser. Let’s show solidarity with Chrystul Kizer and pressure Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley to DROP THE CHARGES. #FreeChrystul
Protest starting at 11am. Court session is at 2pm. Due to Covid-19 we cannot perform a sit in during her hearing, but we can still make our stance of solidarity known outside of the court house. Please wear masks and be mindful of social distancing.
If you cannot attend please sign and share the petition and contact DA Micheal Graveley to pressure him to drop these charges. (see links listed below). Please share event link.
DA Micheal Graveley Contact info: https://freechrystul.wordpress.com/contact-the-da/
“Human trafficking survivor from Milwaukee, Chrystul Kizer, shot and killed Randy Volar in an act of self-defense in June 2018 when she was 17 years old. Prior to his death, officials in Kenosha knew about Randy Volar’s history of sexual abuse against young black girls. In February 2018, Volar, a 33-year old white man, was arrested on multiple charges including child sexual assault and was released without bail. Police had collected evidence that shows Volar had been sexually abusing multiple black girls, including Chrystul.
Kenosha prosecutors failed to act when they knew Volar was committing acts of violence and exploitation against black girls, including Chrystul. Yet, DA Michael Graveley is charging Chrystul with first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a life sentence in Wisconsin; her bail is (was) set at $1 million. In December 2019, Chrystul’s lawyer argued that affirmative defense law applies to Chrystul’s case. The judge rejected this argument; however, the judge’s ruling is subject to appeal. Affirmative defenses protect trafficking survivors from prosecution for “offenses” as a result of being trafficked.
DA Graveley is choosing to assert to Chrystul, her family and the broader community that Black women and girls do not live lives worth saving. Chrystul was a child and was being victimized and sexually exploited by an adult. Black girls have the right to resist sexual violence and the right to survive. ”