Brock Turner released from jail as sexual assault conversations begin on college campuses

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)– Brock Turner, the man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman behind a dumpster after leaving a fraternity party, has been released from jail.  Turner, a former Stanford swimmer, was sentenced to 6 months; he served 90 days.

His release comes as college is starting up again. Advocates call the first few weeks of college the “Red Zone” – a time when they see a spike in sexual assaults occurring.

“Being that it’s a new environment with new people, people’s vulnerability and risk factors are much higher,” said Robyn Wiktorski-Reynolds, the survivor’s advocate at Crisis Services. “Often it’s when people are inhibited – whether its from drugs or alcohol or they’re with someone they just met that they have a trusting relationship with who is completely taking advantage of them.”

The advocate says the spike in sexual assaults the first few weeks is alarming.

Crisis Services is now partnering up with several local universities, having counselors on-site, providing services to students if needed. Wiktorski-Reynolds says colleges are beginning to increase sexual violence programming during this time as they want to make more people aware of what goes on and to let them know they shouldn’t be afraid to reach out for help.

“You’re seeing a lot more student activism on campus and a lot more community conversations.”

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