The Story Of Cyntoia Brown

The Story Of Cyntoia Brown

Emily Wendlandt, Reporter

     A heroic act turned South. Cyntoia Brown, Living a childhood marked with drugs and abuse was raped and forced into prostitution by a pimp at 16 years old. In 2004, as an act of self defense, Brown shot and killed one of her clients. Although she was only 16 at the time of the murder, Brown was tried in court as an adult. Brown is now serving a life sentence with the chance of parole, but only after serving 51 years in prison.

     Cyntoia Brown’s case was left in the dark for many years after its verdict. Celebrities, and advocates on social media however, recently brought the case back to the spotlight in hopes to bring attention and hopefully lift her sentence to have parole at a sooner date. With Brown already spending more than a decade behind bars, her attorney is looking to renew her case hearing in early 2018.

     Cyntoia Brown’s case surfaced again this year when A-list celebrity Rihanna posted to Instagram speaking out about the case. The post reads:

     “Imagine at the age of 16 being sex-trafficked by a pimp named “cut-throat.” After days of being repeatedly drugged and raped by different men you were purchased by a 43 year old child predator who took you to his home to use you for sex. You end up finding enough courage to fight back and shoot and kill him… tried and convicted as an adult and sentenced to life in prison,” it continues. “This is the story of Cyntoia Brown. She will be eligible for parole when she is 69 years old.”

     The post was soon shared by other celebrity names,Cara Delevigne and Kim Kardashian are just to name a few of the activists.

     While the case of Cyntoia Brown is far from over, the social media presence and the awareness of the incident will have a positive impact on how juveniles and sex traffic victims are treated in the court system in the future. There are thousands of cases just like Brown’s and when their voices are drowned out by the court’s verdict, it’s up to society to fight against the unjust and speak up for the innocent.