At the time, I tried to make sense of the violence of her desperate action, and the life of abuse that had driven her to it.
“This moral dilemma leaves me torn: a teenaged girl kills the ruthless and manipulative pimp who has entrapped and abused her. She is then sentenced to life in prison without parole for his murder. I’m 100% against violence and killing; and yet, somehow, something doesn’t seem right… It feels to me like she has gone from one prison to another…”
I updated the post in 2010 with:
“You are invited to help free Sara Kruzan who has spent 16 years in a US prison for the murder of her pimp, who molested and prostituted her from the age of 13, by signing a petition or sending a letter to then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
On his last day in office in 2011, former Governor Schwarzenegger commuted Kruzan’s sentence to 25 years to life with the possibility of parole, noting her “significant abuse starting at a vulnerable age.”
Three days ago, on October 31, 2013, Sara Kruzan was released from prison on parole.
Interestingly, I learned of Sara’s release (thank you Gia Ibarra!) after an afternoon of contemplation and soul searching. I had been wondering if I make a difference in the world. The universe provided an answer via Gia Ibarra, Sara Kruzan, and a couple of Facebook friends.
Tonya Britton (in Texas) shared a touching story about a friend of hers, Bill Stein, who made a difference in Columbus, Texas, by gathering history and transforming a library.
Another friend (in Alberta) shared the gone-viral story of photographer Angelo Merendino who documented his wife Jen’s battle with breast cancer. (The images will make you weep, guaranteed.) Through Merendino’s photographs, millions will be impacted by Jen’s life, even though she is no longer with us.
My contribution to Sara Kruzan’s freedom may have been infinitesimal. Or it may have been pivotal – perhaps someone who read the story on AmazingWomenRock.com played a significant role in securing her parole.
I’ll never know.
What I do know is someone who undoubtedly deserves to be free, is free. Many, many individuals campaigned and worked in small and big ways to make her freedom a reality. My part was likely small, but it was a part, however tiny or titanic it may have been.
The universe, through the delivery of these stories today confirmed to me that yes indeed, I DO make a difference. Just like we all do when we fight for what we believe in, and live our lives with love and compassion.
Some of the lessons I relearned today?
- Small actions can have big impacts
- One person can make a difference
- Keep fighting for things worth fighting for
I’m grateful to a universe that sends me messages just in the nick of time. Thank you angels, thank you universe for being with me today and every day (even when I doubt you), and especially, this week, for seeing to the freedom of Sara Kruzan.
- Sara Kruzan`s friend, Carrie Christie, says THANK YOU! (childreninprison.wordpress.com)
- Juv justice, at long last: Sara Kruzan granted parole; served 19 yrs for killing pimp (californiaschildren.typepad.com)