Joanne (or Joan) Little became a rallying point for feminists and criminal justice reformers when she was charged with killing a prison guard with an ice pick in the Beaufort County Jail in 1974. Serving a term for breaking and entering, Little claimed that the guard sexually assaulted her, and that she acted in self-defense. This case made national news, and various groups began collecting money for her defense. Her trial prompted public debate over issues such as sexual abuse of female inmates, legal rights of the poor, and the process of jury selection. Little was acquitted of murder charges in 1975.