The Appeal
The Appeal
The Appeal
Episode 62: Locking Up Women For Killing Their Rapists
24 minutes Posted Jan 30, 2020 at 3:00 am.
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In 2018, Brittany Smith was assaulted and raped by a man in her Alabama home. Later that night, when the same man attacked both her and her brother, Smith shot and killed him in what she calls self-defense. Now she’s on trial for murder and her case tells us a lot about how our criminal legal system treats gendered violence. Today we are joined by Appeal writer Lauren Gill to talk about this case and the broader trend of throwing the book at women who defend themselves from abusive men.