Chanel Miller Bio
Chanel Miller was born and raised in Palo Alto, California, as the daughter of Chris Miller and May May Miller, a documentary filmmaker. She has a younger sister.
Chanel Miller is 22-year-old the Stanford rape survivor. She is formerly known publicly as Emily Doe, who has come forward and revealed her identity in a new book in an effort to help others who have been sexually assaulted.
Miller drew national headlines in 2016 when she confronted Brock Turner during sentencing with a powerful statement about the impact he had on her.
Miller’s powerful words and the lenient sentence given to Turner sparked a nationwide discussion about rape on college campuses and how survivors were not being heard.
Turner was sentenced to six months in jail.
The judge in the case, Aaron Persky, was recalled in 2018 because of the outrage over Turner’s sentence.
Chanel Miller Education
Miller graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto in 2012, where she was a star volleyball player.
She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in literature, according to her publisher.
She now lives in San Francisco and is a writer and artist.
Miller was sexually assaulted by Turner at a party at Stanford University while unconscious in 2015.
Turner was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault and faced up to 14 years in prison but was given a much lighter sentence after his family, friends and those who knew him as a college swimmer came forward to claim that a severe sentence would ruin his life.
She changed the narrative during sentencing on June 2, 2016, during sentencing when she read a 7,100-word statement about how Turner had devastated her life.
Chanel Miller Rape
She was raped after a party at Stanford University on January 18, 2015. Miller had met Brock Turner at a fraternity party earlier that night and became sick from drinking alcohol.
She stopped behind a dumpster, where Turner began sexually assaulting her as she fell unconscious.
Two Swedish graduate students saw him on top of her and intervened, chasing him down as he ran away and then pinning him down until police arrived. He was arrested and later charged with rape.
During his sentencing in 2016, Miller chose to read a statement and directed it to Turner, rather than to the judge. “You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today,” she began.
Miller said You have dragged me through this hell with you dipped me back into that night again and again.
You knocked down both our towers I collapsed at the same time you did. If you think I was spared came out unscathed that today I ride off into the sunset while you suffer the greatest blow you are mistaken. Nobody wins.
We have all been devastated we have all been trying to find some meaning in all of this suffering. Your damage was concrete; stripped of titles degrees enrollment. My damage was internal unseen I carry it with me.
You took away my worth my privacy my energy my time my safety my intimacy my confidence my own voice until today.
She finished her statement by addressing survivors and “girls everywhere”:
Her statement was read millions of times after it was published by Buzzfeed and then re-published by news sites around the world.
It was read in full on TV by CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield and on the floor of the House of Representatives by members of Congress, who took turns reading sections.
The cover art for Chanel Miller's 'Know My Name' is inspired by the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold, creating a beautiful new object.
Miller was the woman at the centre of the notorious Stanford sexual assault case, and has waived her anonymity to tell her story. pic.twitter.com/JqcbDghYJO
— Naomi O'Leary (@NaomiOhReally) September 4, 2019
Miller’s Family, Friends & Then-Boyfriend Also Spoke Out During Sentencing About the Impact the Rape Had on Her & Them.
Miller’s sister wrote, An entire part of my brain has been permanently warped and an entire part of my heart has been permanently broken. My message to Brock Turner is that the damage that you inflicted is irreversible. What has affected me most is that you did something to someone I love that I cannot take back.
Miller’s then-boyfriend wrote that she has responded with impressive strength, given the circumstances, with the defiance of a woman who respects her body.
Please do not confuse that strength with the deep, negative and permanent impact that comes with a man publicly sexually assaulting a woman while unconscious and the year-long, media-ridden trial that has followed.