Self-Defense Can’t Save Women From a Sexist Criminal Justice System

The nearly identical cases of Brittany Smith and Rose Parker show how the justice system penalizes abuse victims for surviving

Brittany Smith. Photo: Facebook

We are culturally conditioned to view women’s attempts to protect themselves from men as more fearful, and more dangerous, than any assault a man might commit.

Many women imprisoned for “murder” are victims who are being punished for managing to survive.

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.

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