Chico State Student Releases Statement Regarding Photo Scandal

Chico State Student Kylie Martinez released a statement today regarding a recent photo scandal.

Posted: Jul. 25, 2018 4:39 PM
Updated: Jul. 26, 2018 9:31 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Kylie Martinez, student athlete at Chico State, released a statement Wednesday regarding a recent photo scandal. 

The statement comes after a disturbing image of Martinez was seen circulating the internet that includes her smiling at the camera with racial slurs scribbled on her arm. She claims that she did not consent to having the words written on her arm. 

See her statement below: 

"On the night of July 20th, leading to the morning of the 21st, I was victimized by an individual I do not normally associate with and who was not a friend. The words and phrases written on my body truly disgust me and one-hundred percent go against my beliefs. My family has a proud and long history of advocating for civil rights and freedoms. It deeply saddens me that this perpetrator portrayed his vulgar, derogatory thoughts on my body and used me to aid his inhumane views. 

I have and will continue to cooperate with the investigations by law enforcement and Chico State university. I feel demoralized and objectified, but greatly appreciate the outpouring of support from people and the timely investigation and resolution by the administration at CSU. The University's support of me as a victim of a crime has been very important to my family and me. With the written confession and apology by the perpetrator I hope my family and I will be given the privacy required for all effected by this despicable act to begin to move forward and heal," she said. 

Chico State launched an investigation after the photo first surfaced online. They found that the person who wrote on Martinez' arm is not a Chico State student, and the person has taken full responsibility for his actions in a written statement. 

See the written statement below: 

"To whom it may concern, on July 21st, 2018 we were at a friend's house. It was between 12:00-1:00. Kylie Martinez was very intoxicated and not functional or aware of anything what was happening. She was laying on her side with her left side and body upwards. Than when I wrote on her arm upwards towards her back saying "**** **** *******!" I completely victimized Kylie. Than I decided to put it on my Snapchat story. I didn't think anything of it because of being slightly intoxicated. The following morning I woke up and I had notifications from Snapchat saying people have taken screenshots of your Snapchat story. I didn't think anything of it till later in the afternoon when I received a phone call saying did you see your Snapchat story is on Twitter. Than I went to twitter and looked for myself and it had very many retweets and favorites. Than at that point it starting getting out of hand. I tried very hard to get everything taken down than it back fired on me and there was nothing I could do. I was the only person who could have prevented it from happening. But clearly I made a terrible decision on my part and did it. Thee is no one to blame besides me. I am truly sorry for this big mess I caused." 

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