Abused children in California foster care, welfare systems should not be imprisoned for self-defense

By Cal Matters, Jarett Harper, Sara Kruzan, | May 8, 2023

Stoneleigh Fellow Sara Kruzan of Human Rights for Kids and Jarrett Harper published an op-ed for Cal Matters discussing ways to support children who commit violence against their abusers.

As childhood survivors of trafficking and sexual abuse, we were preyed upon by adults with sinister intentions. They exploited our vulnerabilities as children in the foster care and child welfare systems.

All we ever wanted is what all children want: care, love and belonging. Child predators know that, so they seek out children with histories of neglect and trauma. That made us easy targets. We endured unspeakable and repeated acts of abuse and exploitation at the hands of our abusers and traffickers.

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