The woman who was widely known as Emily Doe in the Stanford University rape case has revealed her identity three years after Brock Turner was sentenced to just six months in county jail. (He only actually served three and the judge was later recalled over the lenient sentence.)
You may not have known her real name, Chanel Miller, before today, but you definitely know her story. In January 2015, Turner sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious. During the trial, she wrote an anonymous statement that resonated with those following the case.
“You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me. In newspapers, my name was ‘unconscious, intoxicated woman.’ Ten syllables, and nothing more than that. I had to force myself to relearn my real name, my identity. To relearn that this is not all that I am. That I am not just a drunk victim at a frat party found behind a dumpster, while you are the all-American swimmer at a top university, innocent until proven guilty with so much at stake.”
– chanel Miller
Today, Chanel announced that she wrote a memoir called Know My Name, which she started working on in 2017. In the process of writing it, Chanel was able to read court documents and witness testimonies that she wasn’t allowed to see during the trial, helping her piece together that night.
Chanel’s book editor, Andrea Schulz, stated:
“Chanel’s story could change the culture that we live in and the assumptions we make about what survivors should be expected to go through to get justice.”
The book comes out September 24, and on the 22nd, Chanel will appear on 60 Minutes, where she’ll read her moving statement from the trial and tell her story for the first time.