In light of the Brock Turner case, we are featuring an artist that sheds light on sexual assault and intimate partner violence. We received a compilation of photos of women representing victim-blaming statements like those made by Brock Turner and his father in court. Thank you to Yana Mazurkevich for sharing her work with us. These issues affect millions of women around the world but are often ignored. Help unsilence these voices by liking and sharing.

Quotes via news release on sccgov.org: https://goo.gl/b3REE1

(1/6) “This is not a story of another drunk college hook­up with poor decision making. Assault is not an accident,” as said by the survivor in the recent Brock Turner case.

(2/6) “If she is wearing a cardigan over her dress don’t take it off so that you can touch her breasts. Maybe she is cold, maybe that’s why she wore the cardigan,” as paraphrased by the survivor in the recent Brock Turner case.

(3/6) “If she is too drunk to even walk and falls down, do not mount her, hump her, take off her underwear, and insert your hand inside her vagina,” as said by the survivor in the recent Brock Turner case.

(4/6) “So one year later, as predicted, a new dialogue emerged. Brock had a strange new story, almost sounded like a poorly written young adult novel with kissing and dancing and hand holding and lovingly tumbling onto the ground, and most importantly in this new story, there was suddenly consent. One year after the incident, he remembered, oh yeah, by the way she actually said yes, to everything, so,” as said by the survivor in the recent Brock Turner case.

(5/6) “Being drunk I just couldn’t make the best decisions and neither could she,” as paraphrased from Brock in the recent Brock Turner case.

(6/6) “You were wrong for doing what nobody else was doing, which was pushing your erect dick in your pants against my naked, defenseless body concealed in a dark area, where partygoers could no longer see or protect me, and my own sister could not find me,” as said by the survivor in the recent Brock Turner case.

13 Comments

  • Mary says:

    RAPE= JUST BECAUSE YOU INVITE A WOMEN OUT TO A NICE EXPENSIVE DINNER AND GIVE HER A ROSE, COMPLIMENT HER DRESS ATTIRE DOES NOT MEAN SHE WAS DRESSED FOR WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DINNER. A WOMAN GIVES YOU A SIMPLE THANK YOU DOESN’T MEAN SHE REWARDS YOU WITH YOU FORCING HER CLOTHES OFF!

  • Susan says:

    Thank you for creating this series.

  • Bailey says:

    Everyone should see this.

  • Rebecca says:

    This help me discuss my assault while in college with my 15 year old daughter. I thought he was a friend was my story, I got lucky because I yelled that my brother ( his frat brother) would kill him. It was the truth and he was more afraid of my D! Jock brother than my pleas or the law.

  • Karen Duffy says:

    Thank you. Women are always portrayed as being the one that “asked” for the rape because of attire or the way they acted before the rape. Men that rape are portrayed as if they were forced to commit this act because of the woman had behaved or dressed different he would never have even thought of it. It’s all B.S. If a man id’s a rapist it doesn’t matter how you look, act or anything else- he’ll still rape

  • Julie says:

    I was a rape survivor. The first time, I reported it and was put through hell as if I was at fault. The second time the same man raped me, I didn’t pursue charges because I wasn’t helped the first time by those who had the power to help me. I’ve held that betrayal my entire life. Stop feeling sorry for the person who rapes because he made a poor decision that ruins his life. That was his choice to do it. The victim had no choice, she will live with it her entire life.

  • VDracul says:

    About time this is being discussed. I’m sick of seeing all the time how girls and women are expected to go out their damn way to be so pure and immaculate and watch what they wear because, oh my gosh, men are mindless animals that can’t control themselves and don’t know how to keep it in their pants. And pisses me off when a woman is blamed for SOMEONE ELSE’S behavior. As any animal, we men have instincts and impulses, but what distinguish the man from the animal is the mastery of oneself over his impulses. That is a choice, the right choice. That’s the choice I make, not because of fear of imprisonment, but because I see every woman as a human being with dignity. I have NO right to any woman’s body. It’s her body and won’t touch her without her EXPRESSED CONSENT.

  • Peter Larsen says:

    This is a powerfull statement and I can only support the message – a NO is a No and we are all responsible for our own behaviour – we can not blame others for the actions we take and things we do.

    We are humans and pr. definition therefore able to think…
    Well at least most of us it seems sadly 😉

  • Lynda says:

    If a rapist’s daughter were raped, he’d crucify the guy. At the same time, I do feel that women put themselves in compromising, dangerous situations when they get drunk and follow the latest dress fashions. They need to override cultural norms and use common sense. Alcohol +- drugs +- flimsy outfits = provocation. Even though society “sanctions” participating in these provocative, party behaviors that doesn’t make them “smart.”

  • carlos says:

    I am grateful to have been raised in a working farm; where the women ran the show and the family as well.! They thought me to respect and defend the will of a women. Better yet; my mother always told me, (referring to being with a lady) … DO NOT INVITE YOURSELF TO A PARTY, “YOU KNOW”, YOU ARE NOT BEING WELCOMED…!!!
    Mrs. Mazurhechiv; thank you for the sad, scary and shameful portrayal of such a victimizing situations. Thank you carlos

  • Lou fromQueens, NYC says:

    I have mixed feeling about some of this series. Whats wrong with the “common sense” that most parents have taught their children (both boys and girds).?
    I was DRUNK, seriously? Growing up in a dicey part of New York City and even today being drunk anywhere is a open invitation for a predator to rob, savage, attack
    and molest their victim. And lets not forget how long its taken for us to imprison DUI offenders who cause the death and injury of other people by their irresponsible
    behavior. Secondly being aware of ones surroundings is the most important part of self-defense. Taking a short-cut through a dark wooded pathway, dark alley, crime ridden
    neighborhood, or even parking in an isolated area are all hunting grounds for criminals, period. Following this thought I believe that every woman should take a “self-defense
    class”, I purchased one for my wife a year after our marriage. She to me is one of the most kind, warm, caring, thoughtful, and at times comedic people I’ve ever met. Growing up in a tough N.Y.C. hood I feared that her mental attitude concerning self-defense needed a bit more empowerment. Unfortunately for me she now quickly can get out of one of my affectionate bear-hugs in about 5 seconds. In sum, the fact remains that a small percentage of our population is suffering from severe pathological, drug,
    and alcohol problems, they are self-destructive people who represent a serious threat to all of us.

    • Moises says:

      Lou,
      I agree with you on the importance of common sense and enabling our sisters, mothers, daughters to protect themselves. As a father of a teenage daughter, I take this seriously.
      HOWEVER, the statement being made here is against using these reasons, being drunk, walking alone, etc. to blame the victim of assault. This has been too common and has to stop! Whether or not a woman makes a poor decision as far as her personal safety should not even enter into consideration when investigating or prosecuting an assault.

  • Lou from Queens, NYC, says:

    Moises, I understand your point, but sometimes making “poor decisions” have very bad consequences. I am talking from personal experience where my own stupid self-destructive behavior almost cost me my life, seriously. I am very concerned with the attitude of many young college people and even female comedians as
    concerns alcohol abuse. So perhaps I should have written my post a bit better. I have always respected, admired, and desired women and am very protective of them.
    Probably a bit too “old school” on that count…

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