It Happens A series by Yana Mazurkevich

Yana Mazurkevich, a student from Ithaca College, created a series photos displaying the reality of rape, and showing how it can happen anywhere, to anyone, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. She was prompted to do this because of Brock Turner, a former student from Stanford, raped an unconscious woman, then was lightly sentenced for his actions due to the fact that he "had potential." After only three months of his sentence, he was released. She also has another series called "Dear Brock Turner" that has a similar theme, however, is portrayed in a different way.

These pictures display a variety of realistic situations where someone can be sexually harassed. It can happen anywhere, to anyone, and the pictures say so. I believe that these pictures are powerful and impactful because they show the reality that is sexual harassment. It can happen to any gender, from any gender. It can happen anywhere, a classroom setting, on a sidewalk, in an office, at a party, or even in your own dorm/bedroom. These pictures leave an impression on me because they express the message that the artist is trying to portray very well. The models are well posed and the backgrounds are well decorated and thought out. I also like the message that the artist is portraying because it is true, and a lot of people are unaware of how often sexual assault actually happens.

I am showing these pictures to everyone, and I believe it is necessary to share them because they have an impactful meaning and display the truth. Everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of sexual assault, regardless of their gender.


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