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Know My Name

4.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,324 ratings  ·  1,025 reviews
The riveting, powerful memoir of the woman whose statement to Brock Turner gave voice to millions of survivors

She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed,
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ebook, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Viking
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Alysha DeShaé She read it herself. There are some points where you can hear in her voice how hard it is for her.

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chinomso ♡
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chanel’s story has captured the eye of the nation and has further uncovered the vile lack of justice that exists when rape and sexual assault occur (to this day, we still have prominent news outlets referring to Turner as the “Stanford Swimmer”). But I think memoirs like this have taken the narrative by the hand and guided it in a direction that it should be going. Chanel is not nameless. She’s not faceless. She is real and so was her experience. I’m glad I know your name, Chanel, and your story ...more
Thomas
Stunning. An absolutely stunning memoir, one of the best I have ever read. In Know My Name, Chanel Miller reclaims her identity after the press described her as “unconscious intoxicated woman” in the aftermath of when rapist Brock Turner assaulted her. I remember feeling inspired, impressed, and in awe of Miller’s victim impact statement as Emily Doe when it came out in 2016. Miller brings that same level of strength and eloquence to this memoir.

When I read my favorite memoirists, I get this
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Holly
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I still remember what a punch to the gut it was to read the victim impact statement from "Emily Doe" at Brock Turner's sentencing. Despite the fact that Brock Turner was actually caught in the act of sexually assaulting her, and despite the fact that he was found unanimously guilty on three separate charges, the judge presiding over his sentencing gave Turner only a 6 month sentence which really equated to a 3 month sentence due to time for 'good behavior'. The injustice of it all still burns ...more
Sana
Sep 05, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
I still remember reading her statement back in 2016 and the feelings it evoked so I cannot even imagine how much more powerful and impactful this would be
Alysha DeShaé
2019.09.25
I've calmed down a bit since I wrote my very short letter/review to Chanel last night. I'm still raw and emotional, though, but I feel that I managed to type up something a little more like a review.

But how do you review a book like this? "I liked the part where she talked about how painful everything is." What? Really?! Like, it's all painful! And you liked it? Geez, okay. ... See? It's hard. It's especially hard when you know exactly how hard it is to come forward with something like
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Nenia ⚜️ Author of Filthy Trash and Unhinged Psychos ⚜️ Campbell
This is the memoir of the woman who was raped by Brock Turner. She remained anonymous in the initial report but now she has come forward not just with a name but also with a story.

I think I need to read this.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
“You have to hold out to see how your life unfolds, because it is most likely beyond what you can imagine. It is not a question of if you will survive this, but what beautiful things await you when you do.”


・゚: *・゚:* 5 s t a r s *:・゚*:・゚


One of the most powerful, well-written memoirs I've ever read and one I will definitely be purchasing for my shelves.

“What we needed to raise in others was this instinct. The ability to recognize, in an instant, right from wrong. The clarity of mind to face it
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BookOfCinz
Updated November 20, 2019.

I decided to read Know My Name for BookOfCinz November read because I felt it beyond important.



I have no words. I was moved to tears and anger so many times while reading this book. I don't know why in the year 2019 women are still fighting this battle. Chanel Miller is one brave woman, I can not even begin to imagine or put into word her bravery. I have so much to say, but I feel like its been said already by much more eloquent persons.

I do recommend EVERYONE
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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I know this won't be an easy read but I have to read this. I still saw articles yesterday when this book was announced titled stuff like "Victim of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner" so I've made it my life goal to be Philip DeFranco and relentlessly say "convicted rapist" and "Brock Turner" as frequently in the same sentence as possible. We need to remember her name. Chanel Miller. Remember it.
Gabry
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I start my review about this book and my thoughts on Chanel's writing, I want to discuss about what happened. Cue thoughts below in a long intro. Before her statement went viral on Buzzfeed, I actually read about what happened in 2015 because the Stanford college newspaper wrote a story about it. At the time, I was in HS and in charge of monitoring my HS newspaper's website, and I used to go through other high schools' newspaper websites, as well as other colleges. I began to naturally ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
American women have made great progress in many respects since 1971 when Helen Reddy sang:
“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore.”

But no matter how much we roar, we still can’t seem to get any real traction when it comes to sexual assault and harassment. When women seek justice, the man is often seen as the victim. The woman is vilified and blamed. How dare she try to ruin his reputation and derail him from his career path? She shouldn’t have been drinking. She shouldn’t have
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Natalie Daher
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clear-eyed, funny, essential account from a woman you'd be lucky to call a friend.
Ameema Saeed
Just finished Chanel Miller’s memoir (& manifesto) “Know My Name”, and WOW.

We knew Chanel Miller was a powerful writer, when we read her victim impact statement on Buzzfeed, on Facebook, picked up by newspapers, and trending around the world, a few years ago, but this book is phenomenal.

Searing, vulnerable, incisive, raw, beautiful, unflinching. full of light - this is more than Chanel Miller’s memoir, it is an indictment of the US judicial system; of university & colleges without
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Robin Bonne
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a deep respect for Chanel Miller.
Rachel Reads Ravenously


Nonfiction November is a month long reading initiative that challenges you to read four or more nonfiction books during the month of November.

5 stars

This is the powerful memoir of Chanel Miller, also known as Emily Doe, the woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner.

In this book Chanel details the events surrounding her trial and after, and the impact this sexual assault had on her life. The entire book my heart went out to this young woman for the unfairness of everything that
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Karen Chaney Long
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful but drones on

I remember when this was in the news and as a Me Too, was very angry at Brock about using "the poor jock whose life was over because of being accused of rape." I'm glad I read your book. Very informative on the degrading legal system.

What I didn't like was all the rehashing of the story line. But I get. That is what it takes to get thru all the mess.

I am truly sorry for your loss Ms. Chanel. I'm 67 now and my rape happened when I was 5 thru 17. I tried to tell. No one
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Elle Rudy
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
We are a society obsessed with monsters. We track mass murderers like athletes, each snuffed life another tally added to their total stats. Serial killers receive their own classification, often including sexual transgressions. They’re followed and discussed, known by name, number of victims, means of violence, etc. We learn about their families, their mindset, their jobs, their lives. We learn the entire person, culminating in the human-shaped creature staring back at us through our screens. We ...more
Teresa
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ALL THE STARS. Seriously. All. the. Freaking. Stars.

“What was unique about this crime, was that the perpetrator could suggest the victim experienced pleasure and people wouldn't bat an eye. There's no such thing as a good stabbing or bad stabbing, consensual murder or nonconsensual murder.”

“Little girls don’t stay little forever, Kyle Stephens said. They turn into strong women who return to destroy your world.”

Until reading her victim impact statement in 2016, then as Emily Doe, I had never
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Emily Mccullough
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this entire book in one sitting. Chanel Miller has such a raw and powerful voice that carries us step by step through her horrifying experience. I felt like I was her. Like I'd slipped into her skin. That's how intimate her writing is. Her story made me cry. Her story made me angry, thinking about my own past of sexual abuse and that this is the norm for women. We grow up expecting for someone to try and assault us at some point. It's not a matter of 'if' but 'when.' My heart bleeds for ...more
Maggie Chidester
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No words....wow. Just no words.
Anne ✨
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
ALL THE HEARTFELT, RALLYING CRY STARS

A stunning memoir! This is a top read of the year for me, and earns a spot in my all-time favorite memoirs.

Chanel Miller was the victim in the 2015 high-profile case of the Stanford student athlete who sexually assaulted her while she lay unconscious outside a frat party.

Her identity had been protected, (referred to as "Emily Doe" in court documents). Now she's come forward to tell her story, as she reclaims her life and self-worth, and becomes a
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Diane Yannick
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chanel, I applaud you for telling your story your way. You waited until you were ready then you told it with details and clarity. You didn’t try to make yourself look good by minimizing your missteps prior to the assault. You just laid it out there and proceeded to tell your truth. You never stood a fair chance against the “Stanford Swimmer” with the bright future. Yet, you believed in the system and played by their rules. Your life was put on hold and forever changed by a man who could not take ...more
Lynn
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I vividly remember the story of two guys on bicycles who stopped a Stanford freshman from further sexually assaulting an unresponsive, half naked woman, behind a dumpster. This in her story. Her writing is elegant, powerful, searing, unapologetic and masterful.

This book offers many takeaways but I will mention three. 1. HAVING NO MEMORY OF AN ASSAULT CAN MAKE IT WORSE. Chanel had no idea what happened to her until weeks later when she read about it in a newspaper and her amnesia allowed the
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Schizanthus
You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.
Chanel Miller was raped on Sunday, 18 January 2015.

I was raped three days earlier (80 hours before Chanel was, if you take time zones into account). Once I saw that date in print and realised how little time separated our experiences, I couldn’t help but see her story personally. So this is going to be a different review than I would usually write. Feel free to skip the
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Cassidy Morgan
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely amazing and devastating at the same time. You could feel her pain throughout every word. Though I would typically read a book like this in a day or two, I continuously had to put it down and take a breath as it was difficult to read such an emotional testimony. But I continued reading because it is so so important that we read this story and understand what victims endure in our broken justice system. I wholeheartedly believe this book will become a defining piece of ...more
Skyler Autumn
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dare anyone not to give this book 5 stars.

Jokes aside, I don't think you can rate books like this. It's less about the execution, or how "interested" or "entertained" you are while reading. Its just about sharing these stories, and this is definitely a story that needs to be shared.
Rose
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quick review for a read I took my time with for a number of reasons. I'll get to that in just a moment.

Here are just a few things I loved about this book: I loved that it was narrated by the author in the audio version. I loved Miller's narrative writing style, which is detailed, honest, emotional, and even poetic in spaces. I loved how "Know My Name" provided an eye into her family life, her interests, her relationships and background. I loved that this book gave more of a voice for Miller and
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Julianne Buonocore
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was by far the best and most impactful, life changing book I have read this year. It’s the memoir of the victim of the Stanford sexual assault case. This is a firsthand account of the day by day that follows the years after a sexual assault. She is open and honest, philosophical and deeply questions societal norms. I genuinely felt that each sentence could be a standout quote from this book. This book will in some way change your way of thinking or expand upon what you thought you knew or ...more
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2019rrseptember
Honestly one of the Best/Worst books I have read. This young lady is so articulate and so profound that I enjoyed reading her memoir even when the topic was so very difficult to hear. The book not only goes into her victimization but the eventual effects on her family, her relationship, her future and how the "system" consistently added to that victimization. It was, however, not all terrible. She is so smart and hopeful still and I loved how this book seemed to be her reclaiming her life. Sadly ...more
Livi
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is hard to put into words what "Know My Name" has done for me. As an English major and creative writer, I am enamored by the artistry Chanel possesses-- a skill I immediately noticed when reading her statement published by Buzzfeed and appreciate even more in her beautiful book. There are so many beautiful, powerful lines throughout this book that feel like works of art within a masterpiece of creative non-fiction. My favorite quote from the book is as follows: "When I listened to her [my ...more
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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.

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“In fact I need you to know it was all true. The friendly guy who helps you move and assists senior citizens in the pool is the same guy who assaulted me. One person can be capable of both. Society often fails to wrap its head around the fact that these truths often coexist, they are not mutually exclusive. Bad qualities can hide inside a good person. That's the terrifying part.” 35 likes
“I survived because I remained soft, because I listened, because I wrote. Because I huddled close to my truth, protected it like a tiny flame in a terrible storm. Hold up your head when the tears come, when you are mocked, insulted, questioned, threatened, when they tell you you are nothing, when your body is reduced to openings. The journey will be longer than you imagined, trauma will find you again and again. Do not become the ones who hurt you. Stay tender with your power. Never fight to injure, fight to uplift. Fight because you know that in this life, you deserve safety, joy, and freedom. Fight because it is your life. Not anyone else’s. I did it, I am here. Looking back, all the ones who doubted or hurt or nearly conquered me faded away, and I am the only one standing. So now, the time has come. I dust myself off, and go on.” 21 likes
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