Years After Brock Turner Case, Survivor Of Sexual Assault Goes Public

Matt Bigler
September 04, 2019 - 10:38 am
Chanel Miller

Penguin Random House

The young woman at the center of the Brock Turner sexual assault case is coming forward to reveal her identity.

Chanel Miller, a writer and artist from San Francisco, has identified herself as the "Emily Doe" who was assaulted by Turner behind a dumpster  in 2015. Two Stanford graduate students interrupted the assault and held Turner at the scene until police arrived.

Now, she has written a memoir about the case and her life since, “Know My Name,” which will be released on September 24.

Miller has also sat down for an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, which will air on September 22. 

Miller remained anonymous during the trial, but addressed Turner directly in court in a victim impact statement that has since been viewed online by millions.

Turner's trial provoked an uproar when the judge overseeing it sentenced him to six months in jail, a punishment that critics said was far too lenient. 

Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, who'd had expressed concern that a lengthier sentence could hinder Turner's future, was recalled from office, an unusual move that showed how unpopular his handling of the case had been. 

“I hope when people read this book they think of all those other victims who are experiencing rape culture which harms women, victims of sexual violence and especially victims of color,” said Stanford law professor Michele Dauber who spearheaded the effort to recall Persky.

She tells KCBS Radio that Miller will have a positive impact on other assault survivors.

“I think she already has with the victim impact statement," said Dauber. "I think that her courage in coming forward, revealing her identity will do even more.”

Written by Jessica Yi.