A gut-wrenching chronicle of Chanel Miller’s experience, thoughts and feelings about the night she was raped and the aftermath in the days, months and years that followed.
A memoir of the unconscious woman who was sexually assaulted behind a dumpster on Stanford campus on January 15, 2015. Her rapist was apprehended by two graduate students who were biking across campus and incriminating evidence was immediately secured. After a grueling trial, her rapist Brock Turner, was sentenced to just six months in county jail on three counts of sexual assault. The judge ironically stated he feared a more severe sentence would have a “severe impact” on Turner, a champion swimmer.
The woman’s victim impact statement was posted on the internet by Buzzfeed and went viral instantaneously. Within four days the statement had been viewed by eleven million people and gave a voice to millions of rape survivors. Her statement inspired changes in California law and resulted in the recall of the judge in the case.
She was known to the world as Emily Doe, but in this book she reclaims her true identity to tell her painful and traumatic story.
“You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we are here today.”
KNOW MY NAME is the powerful and emotional story of CHANEL MILLER. Miller is shockingly honest about her experience, thoughts, and feelings surrounding the night of the rape as well as the aftermath in the days, months and years that followed.
I found the book very difficult read not only because of the rape but also because of Miller’s emotional pain and the immense sadness that enveloped her following the tragic event, all of which is very clearly delineated in her writing. It’s a horrendous story that is hard to forget, and I am so please that she has stepped out of the shadow of that dumpster and reclaimed her identity. I am please that she has spoken up and spoken out not only about that event, and her attacker, but also about how the justice system required her to be victimized again and again.
While somewhat repetitive in places, I really appreciated her honesty about the anger, pain and embarrassment she felt during the most difficult experience of her life. I am very glad Miller found the strength and fortitude to write this book. I hope it been a healing experience for her. I am thankful I had the opportunity to read her story.
CHANEL MILLER is a writer and artist who received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in San Francisco, California.
“I didn’t talk, I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t interact with anyone, and I became isolated from the ones I loved most.”
“You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.”
Publisher Viking / Penguin Audio
Published September 25, 2019
Narrated Chanel Miller