Brock Turner Victim Chanel Miller Reveals Herself
Brock Turner victim Chanel Miller reveals herself and her harrowing experiences in a new interview.
Miller, the young woman who was assaulted by former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, became a national symbol for injustice in the legal system.
Turner was found guilty of felony sexual assault, but only sentenced to six months in jail.
The judge in the case became the first to be recalled in California since 1932.
Miller ultimately read her impact statement in court and informed Turner that he had taken away her self-worth and voice, “until today.”
She has been known to the world as “Emily Doe,” the sexual assault victim of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. Now she’s revealing her name and face. Chanel Miller, here reading her victim impact statement, gives her first interview to “60 Minutes” https://t.co/U4GDOofVj6 pic.twitter.com/cpVMwCZ4Sk
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Her statement was more than 7,000 words and was widely read after it was released to the public.
“Your Honor, if it is all right, for the majority of this statement I would like to address the defendant directly. You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today,” she said.
Miller then went on to explain in great detail what happened to her that night, before concluding with a powerful statement.
“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.
“As the author Anne Lamott once wrote, ‘Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.’
“Although I can’t save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you.
“To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you.”
Prior to this week, Miller had simply been known as “Emily Doe.”
Miller’s memoir, ‘Know My Name,’ will be released on Sept. 17.