Chrystul Kizer, a 19-year-old survivor of sexual violence who's been incarcerated for nearly two years in connection with a killing widely believed to have been done in self-defense, has been released from jail.
The Chicago Community Bond Fund announced the release in an extended public statement this week, confirming that the $400,000 bond (reduced from its original amount of $1 million) had been paid. Once the case is finished, per a rep, remaining bond money will be put toward the establishment of a national bail fund supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have been criminalized. That fund will exist under the audience of the Survived & Punished volunteer organization.
Chrystul's case is the latest of its kind to receive national coverage, and calls attention to the unfortunate prevalence of not only sexual violence, but an inherently flawed justice system that repeatedly fails survivors.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, please reach out to the RAINN network online and/or call their confidential help hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
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