Kim Kardashian is not here to pose half-naked for a change.
And we’re not here to make fun of Kim Kardashian in any way, shape or form for a change.
That’s because the mother of two has just used her Twitter account for something other than personal exposure, alerting her millions and millions of followers to the plight of a young woman named Cyntoia Brown.
“The system has failed,” Kardashian Tweeted this week, surprising fans and adding:
“It’s heart-breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right.
“I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown.”
This unexpected message has caused many to wonder:
Who is Cyntoia Brown?
Brown was sentenced to life in prison back in 2004 when she was 16 years old.
She was found guilty shooting dead a 43-year old Nashville real estate agent named Johnny Allen after he picked her up for sex.
According to legal documents, Brown said she was forced out on the streets by her boyfriend, a drug-using pimp who went by the named “Kutthroat.”
She said he verbally and physically abused her over the years.
Brown explained after her arrest that Allen showed her his gun collection once they got back to his home.
She says ate dinner with him, watched television and got into his bed with him. From there…
“He grabbed me in-between my legs – he just grabbed it real hard,” she told the trial court, adding:
“I’m thinking he’s going to hit me or do something like it…”
Brown then said Allen turned over and reached for something at the side of his bed.
She thought he was getting a gun.
She therefore responded in self-defense and shot him in the head with a .40-caliber handgun that Kutthroat had given her.
Brown was tried as an adult, with prosecutors arguing that she attempted to rob Allen (because she left with his wallet and weapons).
The jury found her guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder, and aggravated robbery.
She will be eligible for parole when she is 67 years old.
Along with Kardashian, Rihanna and Cara Delevigne have written social media posts about Brown.
They are trying to draw attention to young women such as Brown, who lived a life of violence and abuse before she was even old enough to vote.
Is she really the type of person who must spend decades behind bars?
“To each of you responsible for this child’s sentence, I hope to God you don’t have children,” Rihanna wrote on Instagram about the situation.
“The justice system is so backwards!!! This is completely insane.”
While in prison, Brown earned an Associate’s Degree from Lipscomb University’s in-jail program. She is now working on another degree.
At the time of this writing, a petition seeking a presidential pardon for her has attracted over 186,000 signatures.
Kardashian’s Tweet, meanwhile, has been Liked over 379,000 times.