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04th Sep 2019

Chanel Miller comes forward as ‘Emily Doe’ in Brock Turner sexual assault case

Keeley Ryan

She was previously only known as ‘Emily Doe’ after her letter to her attacker, Brock Turner, went viral in 2016.

But now Chanel Miller has courageously decided to reveal her identity ahead of the publication of her memoir.

Know My Name will be published simultaneously by Viking in the UK and Ireland and the US on September 24, 2019.

Chanel Miller’s words have already changed the world but her true identity has never before been revealed.

At 23 years old Miller stunned millions with a letter back in 2016. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in jail for assaulting her on Stanford’s campus – despite eyewitnesses, Turner running away, and physical evidence being immediately secured.

Her victim impact statement was shared on Buzzfeed, where it soon reached 18 million people within days. It was read out loud on CNN, the floor of Congress, and was reprinted in news outlets around the globe.

Thousands of women who read the statement wrote that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.

A public campaign following the sentencing led to changes being made to California state law on sexual assault.

In Know My Name, Chanel Miller reveals her identity for the first time to tell the story of her assault, expose the arduous nature of the legal system in a culture that fails the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, illuminate the courage required to move through trauma and live a full and beautiful life.

Told with the vivid immediacy that moved so many to respond to her statement, entwining pain, resilience, and humour, Chanel Miller has crafted a memoir that will stand as a modern classic.

Chanel Miller is a writer and artist who received her BA in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in San Francisco, California.

Venetia Butterfield, Publisher at Penguin General, said:

“It is an immense privilege to share Chanel Miller’s honest, eloquent and emotional story with readers.

“Here is a book that will change the way we think about sexual assault forever.”

Isabel Wall, Editor at Viking, said:

“Chanel Miller’s experience is unique, but also unsettlingly familiar to so many women.

“Her words will inspire change and move readers profoundly with her rare strength and resilience.”