At once disturbing and empowering, the memoir of a courageous woman who was abused, groomed, and trafficked for sex from age eleven to age sixteen, who then killed her trafficker/father figure and was sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison without parole
I was eleven when I first met GG. I realized later that he had to have been aware of the chaos that was my life because he played me perfectly. I was walking home after school . . . I heard a red Mustang purring like a huge lion behind me as I turned onto my block. When it caught up with me, a man leaned out of the window and motioned for me to come closer. “Hey, excuse me,” he said. I approached the window and politely and cheerfully replied, ‘Yes?’ He said, “I’ve been noticing you a lot, and I just want to talk to you. I’m gonna go get some ice cream and go to the park. I would love for you to come and join me. We won’t be gone long. Is that okay with you?” Ice cream! I found his offer irresistible. GG leaned over and opened the passenger door, “What’s your name? People call me GG.” “Sara,” I said shyly.
—from I Cried to Dream Again
About the Author
SARA KRUZAN is an American activist and survivor of sex trafficking. She is an advocate for sentencing reform and the human rights of incarcerated women and children. Sara and her daughter, Summer, live in California.
CORI THOMAS is an American writer. She is the Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at WP Theater in New York City and a New Dramatists resident playwright.