Do Abuse Victims Have A Right To Kill Their Abusers?

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Chrystal Kizer reached national recognition after she killed Randall Volar III in 2018. Kizer was 17 at the time and informed law enforcement that Volar had allegedly sexually assaulted her and other underage girls. Kizer, a Milwaukee resident, was charged with five felonies, including first-degree intentional homicide.  In 2008, there was a law called affirmative defense” which states that her actions resulted from being a human trafficking victim in which Kizer’s defense team might argue.

Kizer shot Volar III twice in the head before burning him and his house down.  The controversy surrounding the case is Kizer’s, now 20, actions after the killing’; she posted a picture showing Volar’s burned home on her Facebook page. She stole his BMW, money, and laptop.   According to a criminal complaint, Kizer allegedly made a Facebook Live video and snapped a selfie after the fire was set and said that she “wasn’t afraid to kill again,” making reference to what some believed were comments toward “rich white individuals.”

Kizer was incarcerated pending trial.  However, this past June, several celebrities and community groups raised funds for the 400,000 bail to release her. And over 122,000 people signed a petition asking that the District Attorney’s office drop her case—which they declined. Insight about SEX-trafficking Victims

Kizer claimed she met Volar on the then dangerous site Backpage (now disabled) which allowed sex ads.  Kizer said Volar had pinned her to the floor after she refused to have sex with him and this led to the killing.

But lead prosecutor Michael Graveley said Kizer’s actions were pre-meditated.   Law enforcement confirmed that before Volar died, they were working on a case against him and that there was an alleged video showing him sexually assaulting multiple black girls.  If convicted, Kizer could be sentenced to life in prison, although she could be given parole at some point.  Kizer’s case reopened conversations about Cyntonia Brown, who was convicted as a teenager for murdering a man who she said sold her for sex. 

Our society slowly begins to empathize with abuse victims after spending a long time in silence. Social media movements and news channels have covered many of these cases to raise awareness. This has discouraged abusers and helped catch many sickos in their tracks. Many abusers do not get caught, the ones who take it too far, and those saved by a loophole in the judicial system. However, the development and implementation of strict laws against such people is the only way to stop this cycle of pain and suffering.

In this article, I will discuss the ethically gray choices that victims sometimes have to make to free themselves from the shackles of constant emotional, mental, sexual, and physical abuse.

Domestic Abuse Taken Too Far

Tormentors in domestic abuse cases often take control of their partners’ lives by exploiting them through dehumanizing and disgusting acts of psychological, sexual abuse and physical violence. It all starts with verbal arguments, accusations, disagreements, and criticism, but gradually evolves into a sick game of dominance over the female gender, in which women tend to suffer in silence. This becomes a source of extreme trauma for the recipient, leading them to take drastic measures to end things.

Why and When Killing Remains the Only Option

Photo by Jason Leung. Black women experiencing domestic abuse need protection

After having gone through consistent traumatic experiences, the pent-up frustration can be released in various ways. Sometimes, it leads to ending such relationships with the victim leaving their partners. But most of the time, when there is no alternate option for escape, severe actions must be considered for breaking out. That is when thoughts of killing enter the victims’ minds.

Self-Defense Laws

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Despite frequent women’s rights movements, there are still many countries that either do not have any laws against domestic violence or do not implement them in practice. Most countries now have laws and classify these cases as murders in self-defense. Abusers walk free in countries like Lebanon, Iran, Egypt, and Pakistan, to name a few. List of at least 20 countries with no law against domestic violence. Strict measures need to empower women and safeguard their rights as humans. Otherwise, they will have to take matters into their own hands, which won’t be pretty.

At the end of the day,

So, the question remains, do abuse victims have the right to kill their abusers? The answer is a yes and no. While there are laws that protect women who kill in self-defense, the circumstances for the killing must fall under some specific instances established within the law, and even then, they aren’t completely cleared of the charges most of the time.

Women are still framed as cold-blooded, ruthless killing machines whenever self-defense cases are brought up. Most of them don’t even bother pursuing any legal help at all. To fight against abusers, laws with fair and subjective decision-making need to be introduced to restore their trust in the judicial system. Knowing that the law has their backs is the only thing that will give them enough confidence to retaliate and take control of their lives once again, without resorting to something as extreme as killing.

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