Free #CyntoiaBrown

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stumbledin Thu 13-Dec-18 00:11:01

The contrast between Cyntoia Brown's sentence of 51 years compared to any number of men who have not been sentenced for acts of violence is truely horrifying.

Petition asking Tennessee Governor to grant clemency to Cyntoia Brown

#CyntoiaBrown was not a sex worker, she was not a prostitute. She was a child who was a victim of sex trafficking. She feared for her life so she defended herself by killing the man who bought her for sex as a 16-year old. She’s already served 13 years. The Tennessee Supreme Court says she must spend 51 years behind bars before she can be released.

This is our so-called justice system discarding another black woman.
We must demand the Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, issue executive clemency before he leaves office.
Email him here:
Phone: (615) 741-2001

If you want to send Cyntoia a message of support you can write or send a card (advice is only use white envelopes?) to:
Cyntoia Brown
Tennessee Prison for Women
2 North, B49
3881 Stewarts Lane
Nashville, TN 37218-3302

(sorry I have lost some of the links I got this info from but a quick google or search of twitter will bring up lots of info. )

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SlowlyShrinking Thu 13-Dec-18 01:51:42

Place marking to email and send a card tomorrow. Have heard of this appalling injustice before. Thanks for suggesting these practical steps op.

MrsTerryPratcett Thu 13-Dec-18 01:59:21

Also place marking.

There aren't words to describe how dreadful this is.

reallymate Thu 13-Dec-18 02:12:09


MrsTerryPratcett Thu 13-Dec-18 13:19:15

Just looking in google and I can't see what Amnesty International are doing about this. Or has their pro prostitution lobby forced out actual activism?

reallymate Thu 13-Dec-18 20:55:36


reallymate Thu 13-Dec-18 22:30:42

Double bumb please do something mn's imagine if this was your child.


reallymate Thu 13-Dec-18 23:26:34

Uk petition-

MrsTerryPratcett Thu 13-Dec-18 23:55:07


I'm a bit sad more of us aren't on this thread.

stumbledin Fri 14-Dec-18 00:04:57

I dont know what's happen, if I have breached some sort of mumsnetiquette but I cant seen this thread on the home page.

Why is that? Does anyone know.

In the meantime this is a second petition, asking for a retrial rather than a pardon.

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ForeverFaithless Fri 14-Dec-18 00:25:21

I only found out about this when Tom Meagher tweeted about it.
Sentencing a child to 51 years is obscene in comparison to what jail time rapists get.

BirdseyeFrozen Fri 14-Dec-18 00:30:14

Bumping also.
Signing and will send her a card.
I did not know this story

reallymate Fri 14-Dec-18 00:31:30

Please sign both petitions in the comments and bump by writing signed when done

reallymate Fri 14-Dec-18 00:32:02

Yes @ForeverFaithless that's because she's not white.

Frequency Fri 14-Dec-18 00:37:48

I read into this case a few days ago. It's not quite as clear cut as it seems. The victim was shot in the back of his head, in bed, suggesting he was sleeping at the time. Cyntoia robbed him after the shooting and ran back to her pimp/trafficker.

I'm not denying the poor woman had a terrible childhood and I fully understand why an abused 16yo would run back to her abuser. I also think sentencing a child to 51 years is inhumane but I think the facts should be known so people can make their own minds up.

reallymate Fri 14-Dec-18 00:46:23

@Frequency really mate?!
She's shot her paedaphile abuser in the head whether he was sleeping or not it was completely justified. And what's happened to this poor abused child who is now a woman was certainly not justified. If anyone on here thinks what she did wasn't justified and what happened to her was then they are horrible people.

Frequency Fri 14-Dec-18 00:59:10

Yes, really. I happen to think shooting a sleeping man in the head is never justifiable.

The way the free Cyntoia Brown stories are written make it seem like the man she shot was her trafficker. He wasn't. He was a punter. She was also 16 so he wasn't a paedophile. He wasn't a stand-up guy either but the sentence for using underage prostitutes should never be death.

I don't believe she should have been sentenced to 51 years but I also don't think she should be pardoned. Paroled, yes, excused of her guilt, no.

TwistedStitch Fri 14-Dec-18 01:02:09

'Using underage prostitutes', otherwise known as rape. No the state certainly shouldn't sentence him to death but I don't think we can hold a frightened, trafficked, abused child who has just been penetrated by him to the same standard as the legal system.

reallymate Fri 14-Dec-18 01:15:25

@Frequency "I don't believe she should have been sentenced to 51 years but I also don't think she should be pardoned. Paroled, yes, excused of her guilt, no." She was a child who looked like a child. She had a horrible abusive life and was raped multiple times including by the man she shot. Of course it was justified. She was a traumatised and abused CHILD. She was not it the wrong. He was and you are for sympathising with him. Would you say the same thing if your child or hypothetical child got kidnapped and forced into child sex trafficking and ended up doing something like this? No you would not. How dare you say she shouldn't be excused of her guilt. She has been punished enough and she didn't deserve that in the first place. How dare you victim blame a traumatised child for acting out in a totally understandable way. And fine he wasn't a paedophile he was an Ephebophile. Still 100% wrongangry And whether or not you believe his fate was unjust- she was not to blame.

reallymate Fri 14-Dec-18 01:16:42

@TwistedStitch yes. RAPE. It was CHILD RAPE. And this child had been raped over and over and over again.

TwistedStitch Fri 14-Dec-18 01:25:57

Yes. She was abused, pimped out to be raped repeatedly by men who bought her. Horrific enough in any case let alone when you are a CHILD. She didn't have the luxury of sitting safely in her home pontificating about the correct technical term for this abuser or whether her traumatized reaction was proportionate, she was living in hell.

reallymate Fri 14-Dec-18 01:35:13

@Frequency you sound like a monster.

MrsTerryPratcett Fri 14-Dec-18 01:47:14

I happen to think shooting a sleeping man in the head is never justifiable.

Not if it was me shooting, no. I don't believe in the death sentence. But if my child was trafficked, pimped out, multiply abused, all at 16, would I understand? I hope I would.

I think the legal issues are difficult. But I think if you empathize and try to think what it must be think for a child, trafficked, raped, alone, abused... would you pick up a gun? I might.

Courts should sentence based on capacity as well as crime. The capacity of an abused child? 51 years? Not for any reason.

MrsTerryPratcett Fri 14-Dec-18 01:51:26

I've recently worked with a pimped teenager. There's no way to express how much I wish this never happened. These sweet, kind, funny girls.

I just can't fit why people can't see it. Is it just racism?

MrsTerryPratcett Fri 14-Dec-18 01:57:25

This is the child an adult man thought he could pay to abuse.

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