Brock Turner of Ohio was a student-athlete at Stanford University, who had sexually assaulted an unconscious woman in early 2015. When he was indicted with the charge and few other accusations, he was looking at a potential sentence of 14 years in prison. While the prosecutors recommended at least six years in prison, the probation officials suggested a moderate county jail sentence.
In June 2016, finally, Turner was sentenced to a mere six months confinement in the Santa Clara County jail to be followed by three years of probation. Yet, after only three months in jail, he was released in early September.
This caused much turbulence and criticism of people. Many of them have vocalized their opinions in some way or the other on social media. In response to this early release, a 20-year old student from Ithaca college in New York, Yana Mazurkevich has created a photo series called ‘Sexual Assault Series: It Happens’ for media platform Current Solutions.
Mazurkevich says that the series was inspired by a bank of experiences, both personal and those that her friends had been through.
“There comes a point when it just pisses you off and you want to do something about it,” she voiced.
She also said that the photos look frozen because she wanted to portray the subjects as lifeless yet in a way that allows the audience to realize that the subjects are real people.