At once disturbing and empowering, the memoir of a courageous woman who was abused, groomed, and trafficked for sex from age eleven to age sixteen, who then killed her trafficker/father figure and was sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison without parole.
Courageous and unforgettable ... Kruzan encountered a new set of social, emotional, and logistical challenges when reentering society. Now she’s an advocate for young people who face similar struggles, a fighter who fights with a hopeful, loving spirit. That spirit is captured on every page of this memoir that’s as brave and brilliant as its author.
Activist Kruzan debuts with a stirring account of her harrowing experience as a victim of child sex trafficking...Writing with power and clarity, she asserts 'the most important reqiurement for preventing the sexual exploitation of...victims of trafficking is empathy.' Her testimony rings out as a searing critique of a broken criminal justice system and a galvanizing call to the end the violence it permits.
A testament to both the capricious nature of the American criminal justice system and the power of hope, Kruzan's book, co-writen by Thomas, is a harrowing and eye-opening account of how easily things can go wrong...Kruzan describes her life in unflinching but compassionate detail...The narrative moves fast, giving readers a palpable sense of Kruzan's helplessness to stop what was happening as she was swept up in physical and sexual abuse and groomed by GG to be a trafficked child...A must-read for parents, civil servants, and activists.