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Teen ordered to pay $150,000 for murdering her rapist

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Teen ordered to pay $150,000 for murdering her rapist

American teenager Pieper Lewis has to pay $150,000 in damages to the family of Zachary Brooks, the man who raped her for a long time. That reports the AP news agency . Lewis was 15 years old when she stabbed Brooks in his apartment in 2020.

Lewis, who is now 17, was a victim of human trafficking. She ran away from home at a young age and slept in the hallways of an apartment building. There she met a 28-year-old man, who took her, gave her shelter and trafficked other men for sex. One of those men was Brooks.

According to Lewis, she was raped multiple times in the weeks before she stabbed Brooks. For example, she would have been forced to go with Brooks under threat of a knife by the 28-year-old man. After being raped again that night, she took a knife from his nightstand and stabbed him in anger.

The police investigation shows that Lewis has stabbed Brooks at least thirty times. Authorities further conclude that Lewis was indeed sexually abused and trafficked, but do not see her as just a victim. The investigation shows that she stabbed Brooks in his sleep. For that reason, there would not have been a threatening situation for Lewis at the time of the incident and she is being held responsible for killing her rapist.

The judge ultimately ruled that Lewis was guilty of manslaughter and willful injury. In addition to being ordered to pay $150,000 in damages, she has been sentenced by the court to a five-year suspended prison sentence. If Lewis commits a crime during her probation, she could still be sent to prison.

After her conviction, Lewis responded to her ruling in court. “My mind is burned. It still glows from all the flames. Hear me roar, see me glow and watch me grow ,” she said emotionally. “But I won’t give up . I’m a survivor.”

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