Stanford Assault Survivor Emily Doe/Chanel Miller Made A Moving Short Film – Watch It Here

A year before Me Too exploded, Buzzfeed published the court statement of an anonymous woman who was raped in 2015 by Stanford student Brock Turner.

Turner was arrested soon after for the rape of a young woman – known as Emily Doe – behind a dumpster on Stanford's campus.

He was found guilty of three counts of felony sexual assault, but was only sentenced to six months in jail — a sentence which he only served half of at the leniency of judge, Aaron Persky.

Persky was later removed from the bench due to his mishandling of the case.

For four years, the woman whose Stanford University sexual assault case caused a public outcry, had been known under the pseudonym Emily Doe.

In her new memoir, 'Know My Name,' which recounts the incident and her life since then, she reveals her real name: Chanel Miller.

Miller is now embarking on a journey most of us could barely consider whispering – reclaiming her identity from the media and retelling the story of her highly-publicised rape

Her first move – creating and producing an animated video – allows Miller to show solidarity with other sexual abuse survivors in a format wholly personal to her. 

“Assault teaches you to shrink,” declares Chanel Miller. “Makes you afraid to exist. Shame, really, can kill you.”

The 27-year-old is narrating an animated short film, called I Am With You, written and created by herself for herself, and for other survivors of sexual assault.

Following last week’s release of her memoir, 'Know My Name', Miller shared the video to continue taking control of her story.

“While writing Know My Name, I was constantly drawing as a way of letting my mind breathe,” Miller explains in the video’s description, “reminding myself that life is playful and imaginative. We all deserve a chance to define ourselves, shape our identities, and tell our stories.” 

The animated short was created by an almost entirely female film crew, whose support was “immensely healing” for Miller.

“We should all be creating space for survivors to speak their truths and express themselves freely,” she says. “When society nourishes instead of blames, books are written, art is made, and the world is a little better for it.” 

Know My Name is out now on Penguin’s Viking imprint.

READ MORE: Dakota Johnson’s Podcast Is Listening To The Victims Of Sexual Assault

READ MORE: What The Referendum Commission Means For Irish Voters Abroad

You May Also Like