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Know My Name

4.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,384 ratings  ·  854 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, w
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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
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 d ...more
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
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 w
Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ 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
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.
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 especially men read this book. This required reading and I wish everyone who picks up this book learns from it and do their part.
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 re ...more
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 adeq
Robin Bonne
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a deep respect for Chanel Miller.
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 C ...more
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
Maggie Chidester
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No Just no words.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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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 heard of this
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 rap
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
Cass Rae
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 lit ...more
Elle Rudy
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 mot ...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
Christine Hopkins
Content notes: She discusses the suicide clusters at Gunn High, the mass shooting in Isla Vista (she attended Gunn and UCSB when those incidents occurred), and, of course, her own assault in specific, heartbreaking detail.

"He was the one who lost everything. I was just the nobody it happened to."

Even in a "perfect case" from a legal standpoint — there were witnesses, he ran, she went to the hospital, she pressed charges immediately — what happened to her still happened, s
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 Mille/>Here
Shawna (what.shawna.reads)
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Best book of the year. More thoughts to come.
Sachi Argabright
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
KNOW MY NAME is the recent memoir from Chanel Miller – also known as Emily Doe during the Stanford rape case against Brock Turner. While she remained anonymous throughout the trial, she is now telling her side of the story through this powerful book. As you might know, this case became extremely famous after Turner was only sentenced to 6 months in county jail even after Chanel gave a powerful statement at the sentencing hearing. That statement was published on Buzzfeed, and went viral with over ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮."

5/5 stars
"𝑻𝒓𝒂𝒖𝒎𝒂 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒅𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒔𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒅𝒖𝒍𝒆, 𝒅𝒊𝒅𝒏'𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒆𝒎 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒏 𝒊𝒕𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆. 𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔, 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓; 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔, 𝒊𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒍𝒇 𝒎𝒆."

"𝙑𝙞𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙨 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙮 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙣, 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚𝙨."

You all know about Brock Turner, the pig who raped an unconscious woman, was indicted on five charges (all of which he plead not guilty to), was convicted of three of those
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 u ...more
Alex Anderson
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“There have been numerous times I have not brought up my case because I do not want to upset anybody or soul the mood. Because I want to preserve your comfort. Because I have been told that what I have to say is too dark, too upsetting, too targeting, too triggering, let’s tone it down. You will find society asking you for the happy ending, saying come back when you’re better, when what you say can make us feel good, when you have something more uplifting, affirming. This ugliness was something ...more
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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.” 23 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.” 17 likes
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