Chanel Miller was not known by her name until September of 2019; Prior to her personal reveal, she was known as “Emily Doe” by the public, court documents, and media channels. In 2015, as a recent college graduate living in Palo Alto, Chanel Miller, a.k.a. Emily Doe, was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a well-known Stanford University swimmer and student. The court decided that since Turner was characterized as a successful student, swimmer, and respectful young man, he was sentenced to only six months in jail. And, he only served three. Miller read out a victim statement in court, a full 12 pages, that later went viral when Buzzfeed posted the statement.
Miller’s 2019 memoir, Know My Name, was published with excruciating detail of her assault and the trial there after. Miller evaluates not only the details of her assault, but the criminal way she was treated in court. Instead of analyzing Turner’s actions, and his complete and utter disregard for consent, the court evaluated Miller’s sexual history, intoxication levels, and past of partying in college. Miller touches a lot on this double standard within the court system as a whole, but specifically in regard to sexual assault allegations. Typically, men’s actions are defensible, they’re allowed and often ignored. Women’s actions however, even if they are the literal victim of a crime, are torn apart bit by bit to excuse the actions of their offenders.
Know My Name: A Memoir, Chanel Miller
Chanel Miller as a person, is much more than a victim of assault. She is a published author, artist, graduate, and award winner. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her memoir has received New York Times Bestseller and Book Review Notable book recognitions, National Book Critics Circle Award, and best book of 2019 from Time, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, People and more. Miller will be hosting a reading of this award-winning memoir, Know My Name, followed by a fireside chat and question and answer session over Zoom on April 12th from 6:30-7:30pm. Miller is recognized as PAVE-UW’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month Keynote Speaker, and will certainly provide a thought-provoking conversation to recognize SAAM. You can register for the event here, PAVE-UW looks forward to seeing you!
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