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Anonymous no longer, Emily Doe reclaims identity in new memoir

Woman at center of Brock Turner sexual assault case to give first interview

by Elena Kadvany

The young woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford University student Brock Turner has remained anonymous for years but now has decided to go public with her name.

Long identified by the pseudonym Emily Doe, her real name is Chanel Miller. Miller will appear for her first public interview with 60 Minutes on Sept. 22, CBS News announced Wednesday, in advance of the release of her new memoir, aptly called "Know My Name."

CBS News released photos of the 60 Minutes interview and a short video of her reading a portion of her victim impact statement, which became a rallying cry for survivors of sexual violence before the start of the #MeToo movement.

The 12-page statement went viral across the globe and in 2016 was read in full by members of Congress on the House floor.

Turner was sentenced to six months in Santa Clara County jail after a jury in Palo Alto convicted him of sexually assaulting Miller in 2015 outside a campus fraternity party at Stanford. He was released in 2016 after three months and later unsuccessfully tried to appeal his conviction.

The judge who sentenced Turner, Aaron Persky, received fierce public criticism for his ruling and in 2018 was recalled by 60% of voters.

Miller is from Palo Alto and graduated from Gunn High School. Her memoir will be released on Sept. 24. A literary agent for Miller did not respond to a request for comment.

An online description of the book says it will detail Miller's "struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial," which "reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life."

In a previous press release, Viking Books Editor-in-Chief Andrea Schulz said that "Emily Doe's experience illuminates a culture built to protect perpetrators and a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable."

In the book, Miller will "share her experience in emotional, honest and eloquent detail," Schulz said. "Her story continues to be a testament to the power of words to heal and effect change."

According to The New York Times, the cover of "Know My Name," a dark teal background with thin streaks of gold across its surface, takes inspiration from the Japanese art of kintsugi, or repairing broken pottery pieces — but not concealing their cracks — using lacquer and powdered gold.

An online summary for the book identifies Miller as a writer and artist who received a bachelor's degree in literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and currently lives in San Francisco.

Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@paweekly.com.

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41 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 4, 2019 at 9:00 am

She was victimized once by Brock Turner then again by Aaron Persky. [Portion removed.] I hope her story can help change the American justice system now.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 9:08 am

It appears that her anonymity is no longer of value to her as a lucrative book deal seems to lure her into reliving the worst experience of her life.

Such a strange next chapter in her life. Fame.


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Posted by Shawn
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

Now its all starting to make more sense. If she had blonde hair and blue eyes i can guarantee that monster would still be locked up in PRISON. Not 20 days in county jail. What a disgrace to the community.


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Posted by Hope for Both
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 9:45 am

Get ready for a litany of misinformation such as Shawn’s who didn’t seem to even reed the article. And I hope readers are clear this was a sexual assault, not a rape case, in spite of what you read (the law was later changed after this case).

The gratuitous name calling in comments just returns this matter to the hyper-emotional campaign which Michele Dauber depended on to unseat Judge Persky.

I wasn’t surprised when the well-informed voters in the North County cities didn’t chose reason over emotional hype and voted against recall of Persky.

Let’s hope more than fame and fortune from a book will come from this sorry episode -

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Posted by Hope for Both
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 9:55 am

To better explain my comment above - throughout the campaign to recall Judge Persky (with the exception of the Palo Alto Weekly and paonline) other media and readers comments stated rape as the crime - it was not.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 4, 2019 at 10:41 am

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"other media and readers comments stated rape as the crime - it was not."

Based on this warped mindset, Chanel Miller should be immensely grateful she was only digitally penetrated by Brock Turner without her consent instead of penetrated by his penis without her consent. Apparently, it makes all the difference in the world to the victim.


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Posted by Old Palo,Alto
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 4, 2019 at 11:21 am

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Posted by Wow
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 4, 2019 at 11:26 am

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@Hope - since you value precision in describing there crime, "sexual assault" doesn't quite cover it, does it? Here are the crimes Turner was convicted of:

On March 30, 2016, Turner was found guilty of three felonies: assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object. Prosecutors recommended that Turner be given a six-year prison sentence based on the purposefulness of the action, the effort to hide this activity and her intoxicated state.

So, to list it out:
1 - assault with intent to rape
2 - sexual penetration with a foreign object
3 - of an intoxicated and unconscious person

If you insist on shortening it, I'd say "assault with intent to rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object" probably covers it ok. Feel free to use that instead of "sexual assault" when describing it to your friends.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 4, 2019 at 11:29 am

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Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 4, 2019 at 11:37 am

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TWO wrongs do not make a right. They were both very drunk; she so much that she passed out. He took advantage; now he's screwed for life. Too bad for Judge Persky.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 4, 2019 at 11:38 am

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Chanel Miller was a victim - she got drunk, passed out, and Brock Turner [attempted to] rape her.

I don't condone what he did, but after Chanel expresses her rage, I hope it will be followed by forgiveness. Because that will help her and it will help others.

Perhaps she can then move on to help educate young men about sex, consent and assault.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 4, 2019 at 11:39 am

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Chanel Miller wrote a book titled "Know my name".

Perhaps Brock Turner should write a book "Forget my name"


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 4, 2019 at 11:59 am

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Old Palo, Alto's sole point seems to be to blame the victim. Based on that logic, if a woman walks around the beach topless, she is asking to be raped and it would all be her fault.

Being male, I can't even imagine what sexual assault does to a women mentally and emotionally, but I know I would have never forgiven the attacker. Asking the victim to forgive her attacker is an awful thing to do. Sexual assault should never be forgiven.


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Posted by Camissoniopsis
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 4, 2019 at 1:15 pm

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Please read her impact statement BEFORE commenting.

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Posted by Hinrich
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm

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I wouldn’t go near this book but hope that she fully describes her condition before arriving at the party, what she had to drink and if drugs involved. If she now wants to sell her story, let’s hear all of it. Hard to imagine how she will offer details about an event when she was passed out.
But interesting that now it’s all up for sale - interviews, a book, a movie perhaps? This whole thing should not be a source of riches - marketing her story is shameful. Giving the proceeds to women’s shelters - anything, would be the right thing to do.
I always believed that the whole business was blown way out of whack and a prime example of the excesses and unfair practices in the name of title nine which thankfully, have since been corrected.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:32 pm

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Contemporaneous reporting of Gunn volleyball in PAW in 2007 seems to make Chanel Miller 23 or 24 at the time of the 2015 assault, not 22 as has been reported.
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Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 5:24 pm

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very emotional issue, i feel sorry for both of them. Who really knows what happened that night, both kids really drunk... what was said leading up to that incident. Two lives impacted but PLEASE don't but on the guilt on the males , thank you..


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Posted by OnlyOneVictim!!!
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 4, 2019 at 5:34 pm

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Dear YP, with all due respect, being drunk is not an excuse to sexually assault a helpless passed out woman. Two lives were impacted but there was only one victim. And she is the one who has to cope with being violated. Don't put all the blame on the males? Really? In this case - there was only one person to blame for sexual violence against another person. Are we going back to "but what was she wearing" bs? Unbelievable.
Consent is really as simple as tea. See for yourself:

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Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 5:47 pm

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Posted by OnlyOneVictim!!!
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 4, 2019 at 5:55 pm

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Yeah. Brock's life was mildly impacted (given his sentence) due to him assaulting someone. Unless she explicitly told him - you can do whatever you want with me when I pass out - there is zero excuse for his behavior. ZERO.
Yeah, lets blame the woman, the way we have always done. And protect the fragile white boy ego. Boys will be boys, after all, and women are just asking to be raped by their behavior(and yeah, rape does not have to be with a penis). I am so disgusted right now.


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Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 6:13 pm

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Only one victim.

wow, did i ever say blame the women? Did I say protect the fragile white boys? All i said was this was more complicated and who knows what happened that night, your comments confirm the hysterical whiplash and that this is all an male issue, I respectively disagree


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

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@YP, we have a method for figuring out what happened - there was a thorough police investigation, followed by a fair jury trial. And they determined, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Turner committed assault with intent to rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. Three felonies in all. The verdict was also appealed and upheld.

So we do "know" what happened - Turner committed three felonies against Emily Doe / Chanel Miller. It's not "more complicated." Turner is a felon, attempted rapist, and violent sexual offender. And Miller was his victim.


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Posted by Martha Dogood
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm

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Chanel Miller was not raped, she was sexually assaulted. She also did get very drunk, she did that all by herself, to the point of passing out. News flash for all young women: Do NOT get drunk or high on drugs, and especially do not put yourself at risk with groups of strange men all by yourself, passing out. Not a good idea!

Having said that, obviously ALL young men must also never take advantage of an inebriated woman. Get her to safety, and leave her body alone. If you touch her, then face the consequences. Be a real man and help the forlorn drunk woman by putting her in a safe place.

What really happened here? Obviously Turner committed an act of sexual assault, not rape. Big mistake on his part, should be convicted of assault, as he was. However, to be fair, this young woman, older by 3 years, went to a party drunk as a skunk [portion removed.]

Women should be held responsible for getting too drunk and out of control, with any man who is also drunk and out of control. This is what bothers me, there seems to be no call for both young people to take responsibility for their actions here.

Take heed of your actions young women, you are responsible for putting yourselves in danger. There are wolves roaming the countryside, as always. This also includes an age old truth: don’t ever go into a hotel room alone with a man unless you are open to having sex with him. This is pure common sense, similar to “do not walk in front of a speeding train.” We are setting all young women up for failure if they are not taught about how to protect themselves from aggressive ill intentioned men.

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Posted by Wow
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 4, 2019 at 8:02 pm

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@Martha D, you are at best confused. Turner was convicted by a jury of assault with intent to rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. So "sexual assault" doesn't quite cover it - the jury determined he was attempting to rape Miller (stopped by passersby before completion) and physically penetrated her vagina with his hand. There's no confusing this was a "pat on the bottom" and it is dangerous and misleading to suggest that the two could be confused.

Your victim blaming in my opinion is abhorrent. Drunk people are not inviting rape any more than they invite robbery or kidnapping, and the condition of the victim in no way excuses or explains the crime. You imply that somehow Miller consented - the jury found otherwise, so that puts it to rest. The law is very clear on this - hopefully now you will be too.


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Posted by Scotty
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 8:38 pm

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Posted by sethk
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 11:30 pm

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It's still very early, but it doesn't surprise me that Kadvany's typically fact-rich account of Miller's coming out is the best I've seen so far.


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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 5, 2019 at 1:16 am

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 5, 2019 at 7:35 am

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I want to thank Bertelsmann, the $20 billion media conglomerate, for its role in healing our community in this matter, and particularly for helping our sister Chanel Miller in her individual and personal path.
Maybe this is a new leaf being turned over, and soon all corporate power, not just the media, will be useful in creating a safer, cleaner more sustainable and more loving civilization.
In an ironic way, the Chanel Miller - Brock Turner saga is like The Sleeping Beauty and we are now becoming woke.


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Posted by Martha Dogood
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 5, 2019 at 10:03 am

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@Wow,

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My main point is this: young women do need to take responsibility for their actions, especially when attending [portion removed] parties where it is well known many drunk or drugged [portion removed] men will be prowling. Women who drink or drug themselves to point of losing control do put themselves in danger in multiple ways. That is simple common sense and all parents ought to teach their daughters how to protect themselves in the big bad world out there where wolves roam.

Likewise young men must be taught to never touch a drunk or drugged woman, you can never know if she is knowingly giving consent. [Portion removed.]

It is a fact Miller attended that party drunk [portion removed]. Perhaps she doesn’t remember. Clearly it escalated and Turner sexually assaulted her, however it was not a rape. That was my other point, simply that rape is a more serious crime and should not be confused with an assault.

You are wrong, I did not compare the Turner sexual assault with a “pat on the bottom.” You misread my statement.

In that statement I was pointing out that the emotion and hysteria of the “meto” movement, at its extreme, did start to conflate rape with “a pat on the bottom.” There were many instances where women were coming out after decades and making claims about a man who “assaulted” them, and the man had a very different recollection. In some cases, after decades no one could possibly know what really occurred. [Portion removed.]

The point is that we ought to be careful about misusing and thereby diminishing the seriousness of the term rape. Most famously there was the Ford political spectacle, some media used the term “rape” very irresponsibly. The entire incident apparently lasted seconds, between two high school students with clothing intact, and ended with her running away and nothing close to contact of genitalia even occurred by her own admission. Yet our media was bandying about the term rape regularly and recklessly, and in so doing the media assisted in turning a Supreme Court nomination process into a circus for political purposes.

This is how and why the use of language is important for a culture to remain civilized. The misuse and manipulation of language can erode society and freedom. So we must call out the misuse and manipulation of language at any turn.

Finally, this is what happened in the Turner/Miller case. Some media did, and still do, incorrectly used the term rape when it was a sexual assault. The two are different both legally and physically.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 5, 2019 at 10:42 am

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No, it was not sexual assault, it was attempted rape, and today in California Turner would be standing trial for rape, not sexual assault. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 5, 2019 at 12:39 pm

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Posted by A Moral Compass
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 5, 2019 at 7:35 pm

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A lack of common decency on Brock Turner's part.

A lack of common sense on Ms. Miller's part.

A lack of jurisprudence on Judge Persky's part.

A lack of good taste in creating a book about the ordeal.


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