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Anonymous no longer, Emily Doe reclaims her identity in new memoir

Woman at center of high-profile Stanford sexual assault case to give first interview

The young woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford University student Brock Turner has remained anonymous for years, but no longer.

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 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 outside a campus fraternity party at Stanford in 2015. He was released in 2016 after three months and later unsuccessfully tried to appeal his conviction.

The judge who sentenced Turner, Aaron Persky, was recalled after fierce condemnation of his ruling.

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 immediately respond to a request for comment.

An online description of the book says it will detail her "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, Doe 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.

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Posted by The last few drops
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 1:05 pm

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Posted by Tough Talk
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:24 pm

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Posted by Jake O.
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm

I am glad that Chanel Miller is coming forward. It will finally put a face to the story I'm sure all of America has heard about.
While I am sure we are all angry of how bad the justice system failed in this particular case, we can be thankful the "Emily Doe" has courage to tell her story.

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Posted by jack
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm

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I wish we spent as much energy teaching young men not to rape as we do teaching women not to do perfectly legal things which might be perilous, because of the rapey men.

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Posted by Alcohol
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:35 pm

The biggest lesson for young women, and one I hope all people have been able to glean from this story, when you consume alcohol to the extent that you can no longer function, you will be at the risk of being a victim to any number of horrible things.

I could easily see this turning into a kidnap and human trafficking situation if a different kind of sicko came across her.
Don;t drink kids. Please, it's the number one factor in most all of the terrible but preventable things that can happen to a young adult.

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Posted by Oh I think we have
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:44 pm

It seems that the overwhelmingly large, huge in fact, majority of men do not go around raping women. I guess the message has gotten out.

What percentage of women kill their kids in postpartum depression fits?
Again, a small percentage so we don't need to say "I wish we could teach women how to stop killing their own children and that (for instance) driving your children into a lake is not right."

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Posted by Susie Levine
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Please don’t blame the victim - it’s not about drinking alcohol or making the wrong decisions. My son was drugged in high school with two sips of soy milk.
It’s a crime.

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Posted by Very Different
a resident of Bailey Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 3:19 pm

@oh I think we have: If you read the statistics on date rape and rape on college campuses the numbers are significant. Hardly the same as the outlier woman who kills her kids due to postpartum depression. I think the Me Too movement has illuminated the way many, many men perceive women and the liberties they think they can take with women. Teaching boys to respect girls is a good thing, not something to scoff at.

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Posted by B Minkin
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 3:51 pm

The sock puppets in this thread who are scolding women for choosing to have men rape them are from another time, probably why they refuse to identify themselves. They do not understand that the world has changed, and that blaming the victim is not credible — and it never was. Telling women to restrict their lives or conform to a safe set of rules is laughable at its face.

There is only one person to blame in this awful event, and that is the boy who raped her.

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Posted by Be careful
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 4:20 pm

Right. Only one person to blame, Turner. And the judge needed the boot after his deplorable behavior. I think most everyone is clear on that.

On a different topic, there is an important lesson to be learned about alcohol consumption.
One topic does not conflict with the other, and avoiding discussing it is a huge disservice to those who would maybe walk the path of the victim one day when they were in college.
Also, this lesson is not just for girls. People of both genders are victimized all the time after consuming too much alcohol.

The message should be loud and clear: Don't do what I did. Be safe knowing what risks await you if you are not.

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Posted by Be careful
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

If I pass out drunk with a Rolex on my wrist, am I more at risk or less at risk of being robbed? Is the risk the same?

I think I would be MUCH MUCH more at risk, but if my watch were stolen, the only person to blame would be the thief, however an important life lesson to be (hopefully) learned would be to not drink alcohol to the extent of passing out in public.

Suggesting that such advice would be akin to telling me to restrict my social life is completely nonsensical and in fact dangerous. It's rock solid advice and this is a great time to bring up the topic with or young adults and reiterate the dangers of alcohol, giving this cautionary story as a perfect example of why you don't do certain things.

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Posted by blame the victim
a resident of Bailey Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 4:34 pm

> On a different topic, there is an important lesson

No. The topic is about a man raping a woman. Just stop with the obfuscation. These posters would never go to a public place and victim blame/shame. Only on comment boards do they dare, where they can safely hide their face.

For shame.

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Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2019 at 11:08 pm

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Notice that Stanford is now cracking down on clubs that admit non students to activities on campus. In this case what was going on was that Stanford was allowing its facilities to be used like a bar, serving alcohol to the public, not just students. Alcohol laws require bars to maintain order and to ensure that they don't serve to underage people, as was the case here, for that slimeball Brock Turner. But what's interesting is you can bet he was not the only underage drinker in that building that night. Probably more drinkers were underage than were legally served that night. All sorts of things could have happened.

For the members of the public like Emily Doe the liability of Stanford was considerable. What if she had driven drunk and injured herself? She had no affiliation with the University and she came from outside the University campus to this party. Maybe that would get the university out of being liable. But in a real bar, the establishment is liable for drinkers that have accidents due to their inebriation. The bartender is supposed to cut them off.

But this isn't about blame. The university is not at fault. It's that 20 year old kid who caused this mess, even if he too was bombed out of his gourd...

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