Menu Join now Search

College Student Creates Powerful Photo Series in Response to Brock Turner's Early Release

"There comes a point when it just pisses you off and you want to do something about it."

Brock Turner was released September 2 from prison after serving a three-month stint — half of a total six-month sentence — for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster in early 2015.

The former student-athlete at Stanford University returned to live with his family in Greene County, Ohio, where he was ordered to register as a Tier III sex offender. As the most severe designation, Turner will carry lifetime sex offender status, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office. The 21-year-old also will have to reregister four times a year for the rest of his life and serve a mandatory three-year probation.

But for many, that simply isn't enough.

In hopes to continue the conversation about sexual assault, Ithaca College student, Yana Mazurkevich, teamed up with Current Solutions to create a powerful photo series called It Happens.

It Happens Photo Series

Facebook: Yana Mazurkevich Photography

"The inspiration behind the series was an accumulation of personal experiences and experiences that my friends have been through," Mazurkevich told BuzzFeed News in an interview. "There comes a point when it just pisses you off and you want to do something about it," she said.

It Happens Photo Series

Facebook: Yana Mazurkevich Photography

Though heartwrenching and graphic, the pictures depict the victims as lifeless and helpless — urging viewers to realize that they are, in fact, real people.

"This happens to people close to you, people who you know," Mazurkevich says.

It Happens Photo Series

Facebook: Yana Mazurkevich Photography

Each image is paired with words trying to make sense of what is, unfortunately, a senseless act — the point being: It Happens. Sexual assault happens. Whether it's in a classroom, locker room, gym, or behind a dumpster, men and especially women are assaulted every day and it's something that needs to be addressed.

"Look. Look at this and don't even try to ignore it because it's right there in front of you," Mazurkevich says. "Conversation needs to happen, and I am extremely happy that so far people have been stepping out of their comfort zones to speak up and start one."

It Happens has been shared on Current Solutions' Facebook page over 50,000 times and has over 110,000 notes on Tumblr. Visit Mazurkevich's website to see some of her other amazing works, including another photo series titled Dear Brock Turner.

Faith Brar

Faith is an Editorial/Social Media Assistant at Meredith Corporation from Boston. Her work has appeared in Shape, Fitness, Better Homes and Gardens, More and others. When not writing, Faith can be seen pounding a bag of Jalapeno chips, online shopping, out on a run or binge watching murder mysteries on Netflix with her main squeeze.

More You'll Love