Chanel Miller, Who Was Sexually Assaulted By Brock Turner, Reveals Her Identity
'Emily Doe', the anonymous woman whose victim impact statement about Brock Turner was heard around the world, has revealed her identify, putting her own name and face to her powerful words.
Chanel Miller, a writer and activist from California, has written a memoir about her trauma and the oppression sexual assault victims face in the U.S. court system in even the "best-case scenarios".
Brock Turner sexually assaulted Miller behind a dumpster at Stanford University. He was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, which carried a maximum sentence of 14 years. But he was sentenced to just six months in jail -- and walked free after three.
The case became a 'textbook example' of rape and the criminal justice system -- quite literally. Judge Aaron Persky was recalled from office following uproar over Turner's lenient sentence, becoming the first judge to be recalled in California in almost 90 years. Via a recall, voters can remove an elected official from office through a direct vote before that official's term has ended.
Miller's victim impact statement, published under the pseudonym Emily Doe, was read by millions around the world, and was read aloud by eighteen female U.S. congresswomen on the floor of the House.
"You don't know me, but you've been inside me, and that's why we're here today," 'Emily' wrote.
Now Miller is reclaiming her identity. The California-based writer and activist is outing herself as 'Emily Doe' in her memoir, Know My Name. She began writing it in early 2017 to "reclaim her identify to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words", according to publisher Penguin.
"It was the perfect case, in many ways – there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured," Penguin writes about the book.
"But [Miller's] struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life."
The cover art for Know My Name is inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi or 'broken art', reports the New York Times. Kintsugi is a process where broken pottery pieces are mended using lacquer and powdered gold, making a new and more beautiful object from a broken one.
Know My Name will be available from September 24.
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