The woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner on the Standford University campus back in 2015 has finally revealed her identity. After years of being referred to as ‘Emily Doe’, the victim has finally come out to tell her story. She let the world know that her real name is Chanel Miller.
Miller will put out a memoir called ‘Know My Name’ which is due on 24th September. She will tell her story for the first time in an interview with Bill Whitaker on September 22nd.
The Campus Rape Incident
In 2015, Miller had attended a fraternity party at Standford University. She was attacked while she was unconscious after drinking too much. Turner raped her behind a dumpster near the fraternity. She was later rescued by two young men on a bicycle. The assailant tried to run away from the scene but he was chased by the men. He was held down until the police arrived. Her attacker was identified as Brock Turner who was also a student at Standford and a swimming champion.
The Dreadful Verdict
Turner was charged and convicted of three counts of sexual assault. At the sentencing hearing, Miller gave an emotional statement about her experience. She addressed him directly and said that he “took away my worth, my privacy… my confidence, my own voice”. Miller received a letter from women across the world, saying that she inspired them to speak out their stories of sexual assault. Moreover, as Miller was intoxicated, she remembered less of what had happened. This was used in favor of Turner’s defense.
However, the decision given by Judge Aaron Persky received enraged everyone. Turner could have gotten 14 years in prison. However, he was sentenced to six months in county jail, where he only served three months. Turner was a promising student, a swimming champion and a first-time offender. Taking this into consideration the judge said that a tougher sentence would have a severe impact on him. However, many people started signing for a recall campaign. The campaign succeeded In June 2018. Persky was the first judge in California to be recalled in more than 80 years.
Miller’s book will shed light on a culture biased to protect perpetrators. Also, it will introduce the readers to the writer whose words have already changed their world. It would move them with its accounting of her courage and resilience.