Brooklyn college student wins anti-sexual assault poster contest

NEW YORK – Three students won a contest making posters depicting campus sexual assault and the need to report the crime immediately to police.

21-year-old Hebron Warren of Flatbush from the Art Institute of NYC took first place honors with his graphic depiction of campus sexual assault where one in five women are victims and one and 16 men are but few call 911.

"I thought I would use photographs," the soft-spoken Warren said. "But then I had a tough time finding people who would pose. I wasn't saying they were victims, but..."

The NYPD is hoping that by going to college students themselves to message will get delivered.

"Hopefully these posters will encourage more victims of campus sexual assault to call police." Susan Herman, the NYPD's deputy commissioner for collaborative policing, said.

This is the second year of this competition where 25 New York City colleges competed with 154 entries.

It's a joint effort of the NYPD and the Police Foundation which gave out checks of $2,500 to the first place winner, $1,500 to the second place winner and $1,000 to the third place winner.

57-year-old Freddie Dessau is a 23-year-veteran of the military who recently went to Parsons to get his masters in fine arts and the third place winner is 21-year-old Erica Ventura of Whitestone, Queens who is graduating this year from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

If you're reading this story and you're a college student, there'll be another NYPD competition next year so try to compete with a new poster idea. And if you're victim of sexual assault or know someone who is, please call 911.