The women in the “Dear Brock Turner” photo series stand their underwear, covered in what appears to be blood, holding little dry erase boards like the ones college students hang outside their dorm rooms with quotes scribbled in red marker. In some, disembodied hands and arms reach around their necks and shoulders.
“I shouldn’t have been walking alone,” reads one.
“My skirt was too short,” reads another.
“I shouldn’t have put my drink down.”
The haunting photo series was created by artist Yana Mazurkevich, and puts into sharp focus the ways rape culture blames women for sexual assault. Turner was a Stanford University student who was found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious female and sentenced to only six months in county jail, a sentence that prompted widespread outrage when it was handed down last month.
Mazurkevich is an artist with the organization Current Solutions, which raises awareness of assault and gender violence. In a statement to Women in the World, Current Solutions said the “Dear Brock Turner” series has generated a tremendous response.
“Most people know the statistic one in four women are assaulted during their college career, but what most people don’t realize is that this happens to one in four women they know,” said Maxwell Fong, the group’s co-founder. “By putting faces to these stories, we’re showing the world that people are not afraid to speak out.”