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The unnamed victim in the Brock Turner rape case is stepping forward for the first time, identifying herself as Chanel Miller.
For the last three years, Miller has been known to the public only as “Emily Doe.” Now, the New York Times reports, she will be releasing her first book.
“Know My Name,” published by Viking and set for release on Sept. 24, reflects on Miller’s life before, during and after the infamous Brock Turner trial.
Viking editor-in-chief Andrea Schu told the Times, “I jumped out of my chair to acquire [the book] 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. She had the brain and the voice of a writer from the very beginning, even in that situation.”
Miller was 22 and a recent college graduate when she attended a 2015 fraternity party at Stanford with her sister and friends. At some point, her friends lost track of her and went home, court records indicate. In the early morning, two Stanford graduate students testified they saw Turner sexually assaulting Miller, who was unconscious.
Turner was 19 at the time and a freshman on the Stanford swim team.
In 2016, he was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person, and sexual penetration of an unconscious person. The case made national headlines when County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner, who faced up to 14 years in state prison, to six months in county jail.
Persky said he worried a long sentence would have a “severe impact” on Turner, a once would-be Olympic athlete. The outcry against Persky was swift, and he was later overwhelmingly voted out of office.
Miller’s writing has already gone viral, although without her name attached to it. In 2016, Buzzfeed published the letter she read to Turner in court.
“You bought me a ticket to a planet where I lived by myself,” it read. “Every time a new article come out, I lived with the paranoia that my entire hometown would find out and know me as the girl who got assaulted. I didn’t want anyone’s pity and am still learning to accept victim as part of my identity.”
Miller’s author page on the Penguin Random House site says she has a BA in literature from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and lives in San Francisco.
Katie Dowd is an SFGATE Senior Digital Editor. Contact: email@example.com | Twitter: @katiedowd
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