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The Extension of Battered Woman’s Syndrome to Victims of Sex Trafficking  


Author:  Sandra  Alcaide.


Source: Volume 07, Number 03, Winter 2015 , pp.221-244(24)




Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Abstract: 

In this powerfully written original contribution, Sandra Alcaide paints a vivid picture of the depths of entrapment suffered by a young victim of rape and sex traffi cking, Sara Kruzan. After killing her pimp at the order of another, Sara was once again abused and revictimized, this time by the criminal justice system. After spending many years in prison, and with the help of many legal advocates toiling for her freedom, she was released on parole to start, for the fi rst time, a life of her own making. Through Sara’s and other fi rst-hand accounts, Ms. Alcaide brings to life the nightmarish realities faced by these vulnerable young women, who inevitably develop the same psychological patterns suffered by victims of domestic violence—battered women syndrome.

Keywords: childhood abuse; forced prostitution; abuse at the hands of her trafficker; sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing her pimp; special consideration to juveniles; self-defense as an extension of the battered woman’s syndrome; comply o

Affiliations:  1: Regent University School of Law.

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