Does Our Belief in Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence Extend to Women Behind Bars?
Date:  12-06-2017

Media focus on white women who experienced sexual abuse ignores women of color who are behind bars for protecting themselves
From Truthout:

In 2005, 26-year-old Paris Knox was living in Chicago with her 13-month-old son. Her relationship with her baby's father, Malteeny Taylor, was characterized by violence and abuse. During their time together, he not only hit her but, even with others present, pulled her by the hair down the street and smacked her to the ground.

On May 21, 2005, Taylor attacked Knox in her home. She defended herself, an act that ultimately resulted in his death and her arrest. At trial, witnesses testified that Knox and Taylor's relationship was "tumultuous" and that arguments frequently escalated to verbal and physical abuse. Nonetheless, the jury convicted Knox of first-degree murder and she was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

In 2017, after 13 years behind bars, Knox's conviction and 40-year sentence were vacated due to ineffective assistance of counsel. She was transferred from Logan Correctional Center, one of Illinois's two state women's prisons, to Chicago's Cook County Jail, where she remains while she awaits a new trial. Bail has been set at $500,000. To post bond and secure her pretrial freedom, family members and friends would need to pay $50,000, a price tag that they cannot afford. Continue reading >>>