Ex-Stanford student-athlete Brock Turner featured in sexual assault awareness campaign - Recall Judge Aaron Persky

Ex-Stanford student-athlete Brock Turner featured in sexual assault awareness campaign

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For a moment, Brock Turner was literally the face of sexual assault.

An image of a smiling Turner emblazoned with the phrase “don’t be that person” was recently featured in a poster campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault at Cal Poly.

Turner, a former Stanford University student-athlete, was convicted in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party. The case drew national attention, both for the light sentence handed down by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky and the victim’s impassioned 12-page statement about her ordeal.

The poster featuring Turner was created by Cal Poly’s Safer program, a confidential advocacy, education and support resource for addressing sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, according to university spokesman Matt Lazier.

“Cal Poly is committed to calling attention to, addressing and reducing instances of sexual misconduct on campus,” Lazier wrote in an email Thursday. “To that end, the university’s Safer program created a student-driven poster campaign on campus, aimed at urging students to look out for one another and increase their awareness of sexual assault and related issues.”

Lazier said the poster featuring Turner was no longer on display, though he declined to say why, adding that “the overall ad campaign remains in place, sending messages to students about awareness and prevention of sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.”

Cal Poly freshman Ren Blanding told ABC7 News, the Bay Area News Group’s media partner, that he found the poster “creepy.”

“But you think about it and think, ‘That’s Brock Turner’s face,’ and that smiling face gets really dark and ominous real fast,” he added.

Turner, who served just half of his 6-month sentence, was released from jail in September. He returned to his home state of Ohio, where he will serve 3 years of probation and be required to re-register as a sex offender every three months for the rest of his life.

Meanwhile, an effort is underway to recall Persky. The soonest an election could take place is Nov. 7, 2017.

Original article posted by The Mercury News
By Jason Green
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