The woman we know as Emily Doe has decided to reveal her name four years after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner. It’s time we meet Chanel Miller.
For four years, Chanel Miller has chosen to live anonymously to avoid the stigma of being a victim. Understandably so considering how our society paints victims of assault.
In countless articles she was referred to as the “unconscious, intoxicated woman.” But now she’s taking back her story.
In what is probably going to be the most emotional memoir this year, Chanel Miller’s decision to reveal her identity follows the upcoming release date of her book Know My Name.
We still know very little about the woman who read the powerful victim impact statement in court. Chanel is living in San Francisco and has a degree in literature. Her memoir will undoubtedly let us into her life along with discussions on our society and legal system’s tendency to protect rapists.
And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you.”
Her case came before the #MeToo movement’s boom in mainstream culture but she was never lost. Her 12 page victim impact statement was read on the floor of the US House of Representatives. Her words struck cords with people all around the world and became a rallying cry of sorts.
Andrea Schultz is the Editor-in-Chief of Viking books was the first to announce the book’s publishing back in June at which time Chanel’s identity had not been revealed.
“I jumped out of my chair to acquire it because it was just obvious to me from the beginning what she had to say and how different it was and how extraordinarily well she was going to say it.”
Know My Name will be available September 24th.
Also published on Medium.