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Cal Poly sexual assault poster sends powerful message

A poster set up at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo features former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner who was convicted of sexual assault. The poster reads, “Don’t be that person.”

The poster is meant to send a strong message about sexual assault awareness on campus. Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious 22-year old woman on the Stanford campus in January, 2015.

Turner was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault and sentenced to six months in county jail on June 2, 2016. The convictions carried a potential sentence of 14 years in prison. Turner’s light sentence sparked outrage across the country.

“I think the poster is sending a message that hits home to a lot of people”, says Cassandra Smith a junior at Cal Poly.

“At first I was like that’s creepy but you think about it and think that’s Brock Turner’s face and that smiling face gets dark real fast,” says Ren Blanding, a freshman at Cal Poly. The poster is in an area with a lot of foot traffic in the stairwell in the middle of the University Union. The student group called “Safer” created the poster. They are a confidential advocacy, education and support resource for students to talk about things like sexual assault. “Sexual assault is something that needs to be talked about because it can happy to anyone at any time,” says Marissa McCullough Statistics from Cal Poly show in 2015 there were 12 reported rape cases on campus, 5 of them from campus student housing. The Turner case is putting the spotlight on the growing problem of sexual assault on college campuses.

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