SAN LUIS OBISPO (CBS SF) — A man who literally has become the face of campus sexual assault has been spotted on posters on the campus of California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.
The smiling image of Brock Turner, convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at Stanford University, appeared on a number of posters on the Cal Poly campus recently, superimposed with the words, “don’t be that person” in block letters.
Under the image it read, “Perpetrators of sexual assault, stalking and dating violence look like regular people.”
The posters were part of Cal Poly’s Safer program – a student driven campaign to increase awareness of sexual assault and related issues, said Cal Poly Media Relations Director Matt Lazier.
“While the specific poster you reference is no longer on display, the ad campaign remains in place, sending messages to students about awareness and prevention of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking,” said Lazier.
Turner’s case generated public criticism worldwide after the judge sentenced Turner to only six months in jail and three years of probation, after prosecutors had recommended six years in prison.
Turner served only three months in jail, registered as a sex offender, and is now living back in his home state of Ohio.
The judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, was accused of bias in favor of white male and class privilege, with many critics noting similar convictions of people of colors resulted in long prison terms.
The case has also helped generate a renewed awareness across the U.S. about campus sexual assault, rape culture and bias in the criminal justice system.