Yana Mazurkevich, 20, created the “Dear Brock Turner” photo series to remind survivors of sexual assault that no matter what it’s never their fault.
Yana heard too many stories about sexual assault from her friends which brought her to a point where ‘it just pisses you off and you want to do something about it.’ Yana also said “I don’t comprehend how someone can invade someone else’s body like that. I don’t understand the logic.”
The “Dear Brock Turner“ features images of six women holding signs containing phrases by survivors of rape and sexual assault: “I was being too friendly” ; “I shouldn’t have been walking alone” and “I shouldn’t have put my drink down.”
All phrases show how survivors self-blame, society conditions women to believe they are responsible for their own assault and this needs to end here and now. The guilt and shame forces many survivors to stay silent about their assaults, avoid complaining, speaking out, seeking help or justice.
Although nearly one in five women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, only one out of every three assaults are reported. This started to change with the #MeToo hashtag, the Harvey Weinstein accusations and so many brave women coming out with their personal encounters with sexual offenders and predators that there is a sense of hope in the air that things will get better and the silence has definitely been broken.
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