CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses sexual assault.

She isn’t just Emily Doe, nor an “unconscious, intoxicated woman.” She is Chanel Miller, and she is ready to reclaim her identity after being defined as an anonymous rape survivor in the case against Brock Turner. 

Miller, who was raped by Turner in 2015, had her experiences broadcast across the world when a California judge sentenced the abuser to six months behind bars.

Through an international outcry, and claims that Turner was granted leniency due to his privileged position as a Stanford student athlete, Miller remained anonymous – even when Turner was released in 2016, having served three months behind bars.

That has changed. The New York Times reports Miller, who holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, is gearing up to release her debut memoir Know My Name. 

Publisher Penguin Random House says the book “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.”

In an interview with 60 Minutes, which will go to air on Sunday in the US, Miller read a portion of the victim impact statement she delivered in court – itself a powerful document which damns her treatment throughout the ordeal.

Know My Name hits US shelves on September 24.


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Source: The New York Times
Image: 60 Minutes / CBS