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People across the nation have come together to raise over $350,000 so far for a 17-year-old girl who was ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to the family of the man who trafficked and her after she stabbed him to in self-defense.

Pieper Lewis was at age 15 after fleeing her family and having to sleep in an apartment building hallway to survive. The perpetrator of the offence against her invited her into his apartment, then began to her repeatedly and traffic her out to other men for money. When she became desperate and kil*led him to defend herself from this horror, she was detain and with charges. Still only 15, she took a deal to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and willful wound, and will face five years of probation in addition to the fine.

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If she does anything to violate her probation, such as missing an appointment with her probation officer or being unable to pay one of the many expenses related to being on probation, she could be thrown in for 20 years. This American horror story has people wondering what kind of justice system does this to an underage while white men and boys like Kyle Rittenhouse can multiple after looking for trouble, claim self-defense, and walk free. According to reports, authorities did not dispute the fact that Lewis was trafficked and repeatedly . In the state of Iowa, where this nightmare played out, a law in 1997 requires all people found guilty of homicide, which technically includes involuntary manslaughter, to pay the family of the at least $150,000.

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The law apparently does not include exceptions for 17-year-olds with no money who are probably far too to even hold a job and shouldn’t have to worry about anything other than therapy appointments for 20 years. In an attempt to somewhat right this injustice and relieve the massive burden on young Lewis, her freshman math teacher at the Des Moines Lincoln High School, one Leland Schipper, organized a GoFundMe campaign. As Lewis’ story spread to an appalled national audience, donations began pouring in. The original goal was set for $150,000 but has surpassed $372,000 as of this article’s publishing.

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“Pieper does not owe that man’s family justice,” Schipper wrote. “Pieper does not deserve to be [financially] burdened for the rest of her life because the state of Iowa wrote a law that fails to give judges any discretion as to how it is applied. This law doesn’t make sense in many cases, but in this case, it’s morally unjustifiable. A child who was , under no circumstances, should owe the rapist’s family money.” Unfortunately, according to the Des Moines Register, Lewis’ attorney expressed that they are unsure whether Iowa law allows for the fine to be paid by donations like this. Why this would be an issue is a baffling mystery unless you’re aware of the way the U.S.

justice system has always treated women and girls who are of , human trafficking, and s*xual as*ault.

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Lewis follows in the footsteps of names like CeCe McDonald, Cyntoia Brown, and Bresha Meadows — all Black women who were convicted of the offence of defending themselves from and men and punished for standing up for themselves.

Meanwhile, less than one percent of charge rap*ists are convicted of the offence, and those who are convicted often spend less than a year in custody. In spite of her youth and the horrors she has faced, including over two years in juvenile detention where she wasn’t allowed to communicate with friends or family, Lewis gave an incredible statement at her sentencing hearing. “My spirit has been burned, but still glows through the flames,” she said. “Hear me roar, see me glow, and watch me grow.” “I am a survivor.”

Source: dailydot.com

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Gabriel Croke

Sep 18, 2022

This young girl should be free immidiately now and compensated for all this disgraitful imoral US raceist justice 💁‍♂️ FREE THIS GREAT 🥇YOUNG INACENT YOUNG GIRL NOW 💓 G CROKE ITALY

Sep 18, 2022

Wow that's bullshit 😡

Sep 18, 2022

Wow that's bullshit 😡

Sep 18, 2022

Wow that's bullshit 😡

Sep 18, 2022

Wow that's bullshit 😡

Sep 18, 2022

Wow that's bullshit 😡

Isiah

Sep 17, 2022

Wow so unfair it'd unfortunately people like that exists I pray that the person gets justice 👏 🙌 🙏 🤲

Denise Acosta

Sep 17, 2022

Track the family and see what they do with the money. They better give it back to her or else they are just as evil. I mean that family will have a target on their back if anyone were to leak who they are along with pictures and an address so they better be smart about it.

Kris Batty

Sep 17, 2022

The family if they had an sense of decency would refuse the money and support her not defending their dead trash bag of a human family member

Frank Seidel

Sep 17, 2022

If you don't get how ignorant and likely racisy the conservatives in Iowa are after reading this, then you are hopeless. Her plea deal took advantage of a minor and her conviction should be vacated, but don't count on a bunch of ignorant yahoos to do the right thing.

Rakesh Kumar

Sep 17, 2022

I just got paid $6702 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $ 14747 her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less.

Charlene McVey-Smeets

Sep 17, 2022

How are people going to look back on this time? My mind boggles. Our planet is broken beyond repair, America is descending to something that may resemble The handmaids tale and we just watch it all in the palm of our hands. It’s times like these I wish there really was a god. An awesome big guy who would just fix everything for us.

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