‘You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me’
The Brock Turner sexual assault case is one of the most publicised, with the then ‘star swimmer’ found guilty of assaulting an intoxicated victim at Stanford University in January 2015.
Despite Brock Turner being found guilty of three charges in 2016, he was sentenced to just six months in jail and three years’ probation, prompting conversations about whether the US justice system favours wealthy white men.
The victim on the other hand was bombarded with intrusive questions, seemingly in an effort to discredit her.
'Why were you going to this party?' 'Are you serious with your boyfriend?' 'What were you wearing?'
The victim’s identity was kept a secret, going by the pseudonym ‘Emily Doe’ when her victim impact statement, read out at Turner’s trial, went viral.
This week, the Stanford sexual assault victim has identified herself as 27-year-old Chanel Miller, revealing her identity as she releases her memoir, Know My Name.
The memoir, according to the publisher, will ‘change the way we think about sexual assault forever’.
Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor added: ‘When people read her book, they will be impressed with her. They will be convinced that Judge Persky and Stanford University behaved very badly.’
Know My Name will be released on 24 September.
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