Know My Name
A MemoirBook - 2019
Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting "Emily Doe" on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral, was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress. It inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Now Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.She tells of her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial, reveals the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios, and illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators. -- adapted from jacket
From Library Staff
Chanel Miller is better known as Emily Doe, the twenty-two-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner on the Stanford campus in January of 2015. Unconscious when Turner assaulted her, a comatose, battered and bruised Miller was found next to a dumpster by two graduate students, wit... Read More »
Mill Valley Staff Adults Nov 20, 2019
"One of the most important memoirs to come out of 2019. Miller, the survivor of the sexual assault case at Stanford in 2015, has crafted an expertly written, detailed, reflective, and highly moving account of her experience. She offers harrowing insight into the criminal justice system, the ... Read More »
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"Every woman who spoke out did so because she hit a point where she could no longer live another day in the life she tried to build. So she turned, slowly, back around to face it. Society thinks we live to come after him. When in fact, we live to live. That's it. He upended that life, and we tried to keep going, but couldn't. Each time a survivor resurfaced, people were quick to say what does she want, shy did it take her so long, why now, why not then, why not faster. But damage does not stick to deadlines. If she emerges, why don't we ask her how it was possible she lived with that hurt for so long,... Victims are often accused of seeking revenge, but revenge is a tiny engine... He may sit in a cell, but he will never know what it's like to be unhomed from his own body. We don't fight for our own happy endings. We fight to say you can't. We fight for accountability. We fight to establish precedent. We fight because we pray we'll be the last ones to feel this kind of pain."
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