Miller was the young woman whom Turner, a former Stanford University student, sexually assaulted outside a fraternity party in 2015. He was later found guilty for three felonies related to the assault and served 90 days of a six-month sentence in county jail.
With the airing of her first-ever interview on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night, Miller started to reclaim her full identity, filling in the blanks beyond those scant details.
"In newspapers, my name was 'unconscious intoxicated woman,' 10 syllables, and nothing more than that," she wrote in her victim-impact statement, which she had read in court. "For awhile, I believed that that was all I was. I had to force myself to relearn my real name, my identity. To relearn that this is not all that I am."
Miller has always wanted to be a writer. The 27-year-old Palo Alto native majored in literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in San Francisco and writes in a small room lined with books and art. Her memoir about the assault and aftermath, "Know My Name," was published on Sept. 24.
Miller found out she had been sexually assaulted by reading a news story online at work more than a week after the assault, she told 60 Minutes' Bill Whitaker. Though she'd been discovered around 1 a.m. by two graduate students who intervened in the assault and was taken by ambulance to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, she was unaware of exactly what had happened, even after she regained consciousness at 4:15 a.m.
Miller said she couldn't avoid reading the comments section below the article, where posters blamed her for drinking too much and inviting the sexual assault.
"Rape is not a punishment for getting drunk," Miller said during the interview. "We have this really sick mindset in our culture as if you deserve rape if you drink to excess. You deserve a hangover, a really bad hangover — but you don't deserve to have somebody insert their body parts inside of you."
She criticized the media for focusing on what Turner had to lose — his spot at a top university, his achievements as a swimmer, his hopes to compete in the Olympics — rather than "on what had already been lost for me."
For the first time on Sunday, the public heard more about her emotional state during the trial, which ended in 12 jurors finding Turner guilty of three felonies: assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration with a foreign object of an unconscious person.
The pseudonym Emily Doe became the vessel through which she disconnected from the details of the assault.
"I did not want to own that body or occupy it. I didn't want to have anything to do with that image so I pretended it wasn't mine. It was Emily's," Miller said. "I had to compartmentalize my life. I had to say, 'Emily and the trauma are over here and then my daily life is over here and I'm going to keep moving.' All those hateful things they said are about Emily. But they don't belong to me.
"It's a very fragmented way of living," she added.
The line of questioning by Turner's defense attorney, Michael Armstrong, felt like a second assault, Miller said. She was shocked to hear Turner's story change from his initial police interview on the night of the assault, with the addition of him explicitly asking and her verbally consenting for him to touch her. He also said that she was awake, conscious and responsive throughout all of their interactions that evening, in contrast to the testimony of numerous witnesses who described her as unresponsive and unconscious.
Because Miller had no memory of the assault, Turner was "able to write the script," Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci, the prosecutor assigned to the case, said on 60 Minutes.
"This was not a quest for justice but a test of endurance," Miller writes about the trial in her memoir. She said she kept notes on her phone throughout the process to remember specific details, which would later inform her book.
Like many, Miller was shocked by Turner's sentence — six months in jail and three years of probation — compared to the six years in state prison that Kianerci sought.
She was also shocked by the viral response to her victim impact statement. Thousands of letters, many from survivors disclosing their sexual assaults for the first time, flooded the courthouse the day after her statement was released. The letters were like "medicine" for Miller, working to "dissolve" her shame, she said.
She also drew hope from the two Swedish graduate students. The 60 Minutes interview shows the three of them meeting for the first time.
"There's something really beautiful about the intuition in their reaction," Miller said. "They acted before they could even think."
Because of the case, the way that California handles sex-related crimes changed. In 2016, former Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that established a mandatory prison sentence of three to eight years for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated person. California also expanded its legal definition of rape to include all forms of nonconsensual sexual assault.
Because of those changes, Miller said she started to feel hopeful again about the criminal justice system.
"I began to believe again in justice," she writes in her book.