July 2021 Book Club Pick: Know My Name

*Written by: Alana Bonfiglio*

Trigger Warning: This book and article contain references to sexual assault and violence that may be upsetting.

Every female I know has a story. An aggressive cat-caller. A handsy friend. A Tinder date gone wrong.

Perhaps that’s why Chanel Miller’s Know My Name was an instant best seller.

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For a long time, in courts and legal documents, Chanel Miller was known only as Emily Doe – the victim in a graphic sexual assault case. 

It was under this name that Miller released her victim impact statement, a letter to the judge in her case. Her words moved thousands – literally. The statement was viewed by over 10 million people within four days of its publication on BuzzFeed.

Brock Turner was sentenced to just six months in county jail, a startling example the privilege Whiteness and wealth bring in our country. But this isn’t just a story about the American justice system failing a young woman. In Know My Name, Miller reclaims her identity. She sheds light onto the invasive and traumatic nature of pressing these kinds of charges, while simultaneously reminding us that women’s stories are not defined by what happens to them.  

I guarantee Miller’s story and prose will stick with you long after the final chapter. 

Know My Name” and the Complexity of Post-Assault Relationships – Megan  DeJarnett

The FIT stands with stands for justice and alongside all survivors of sexual violence. We hope this month’s Book Club pick may help you reclaim some of your power.

Sexual Violence Resources: 

  • National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline – 800.656.HOPE (4673)

RAINN: The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization – https://www.rainn.org/

FAQs

Where do I find the book? 

We always recommend using Bookshop to support local bookstores. 

Where can I find Chanel Miller’s Victim Statement?

Read the viral statement here or watch her read it here

Where can I learn more about this case? 

You can access the People v. Brock Turner documents via The Los Angeles Times

Where can I learn more about Chanel Miller?

Some of our favorite Know My Name related content are this Guardian article and this interview with Oprah.  For all things Chanel Miller visit her website

Chanel Miller, Years After Being Assaulted by Brock Turner, Reclaims Her  Story in “Know My Name” | BeLatina