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Know My Name

4.72  ·  Rating details ·  95,691 ratings  ·  14,030 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
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Viking
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Trista This is a tough but important book to read. But I want my 16 year old to read it. At 16, many teenagers would be facing the issues in this book for th…moreThis is a tough but important book to read. But I want my 16 year old to read it. At 16, many teenagers would be facing the issues in this book for themselves. Alcohol, sexual assault, rape and the US Justice system. Teenagers, both boys and girls should look at these issues and maybe the more aware they are about them, the less these will be “issues” in the future. This raw account illuminates the reality, which we shouldn’t shelter our teens from. Brock was 19 when he committed this crime. Perhaps if he had been better educated, more aware, he wouldn’t have thought what he did was okay. (less)

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Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the easiest 5/5 I’ve ever given. What an incredible book that emulates strength, pain, vulnerability, anger, joy, devastation and hope. An absolute masterpiece.
Emily May
This book was amazing.

And I want you to know I'm not just saying that because this is the memoir of the woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner and it was always going to be important. True, I expected the book would be important, probably powerful and moving, but I didn't realize what an incredible writer Miller actually is.

Her words are arresting, gripping, and poetic. She takes us back to that night and through all of the horror and humiliation of the aftermath and trial. But mostly
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best memoir I've read so far. Miller thoroughly combs through the exhausting process of reporting rape and reliving trauma through frustratingly slow and dehumanizing trials. I appreciate that she makes connections to how victims of police brutality are treated and similarly blamed and put through the wringer of the justice system. I am amazed by how she is able to articulate all of her thoughts, memories, and gut-wrenching emotions in such a beautiful and metaphorical way. The writi ...more
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 fee
Everyone, everyone, everyone should read this book.

That's my review.

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Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘i am a victim, i have no qualms with this word, only with the idea that it is all that i am.’

previously known as emily doe when her victim impact statement was released, chanel miller reclaims her name and identity, proving that she is more than just a victim, in this powerful and (heartbreakingly) necessary memoir.

this is one of the most difficult books i have ever read. i was completely beside myself, not just because of the sensitive content, but because of the injustice of it all.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Absolutely fucking incredible.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to be honest. This book was hard to get through. Not because of the topic, but because it was too long and too repetitive. I really respect Chanel Miller and I cannot believe how lucidly she analyzes her rape, the trial, and everything that followed. Like everyone else, I knew all the facts here, but her analysis is insightful. Still, I wish her editor had helped cut out some of the chapters that were superfluous. ...more
“You took away
My worth, my privacy,
My energy,
My time,
My safety,
My intimacy,
My confidence,
My own voice,
Until today.”

This story is fucking incredible, moving, brilliant. I don't really have words to describe how this story moved me and how I think it's one of the best of the year and how everyone needs to read this. It's the true story of Chanel Miller, a girl who was raped behind a dumpster on Stanford's campus in 2015. I was moved to tears many times while reading this because I can't imagine th
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Usually, I can finish a book in just a few hours. This book took me over twenty days to read. Reading it was a highly unpleasant, emotionally exhausting experience, and I kept having to put it aside. Chanel Miller, in case you don't know who she is, is the woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner whose victim impact statement went viral when she was still "Jane Doe." Like many other women, I was following that trial closely and w
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4+ stars!

Powerful. Shocking. Emotional. Upsetting. Inspiring. Life changing.

This is the memoir of an extremely admirable, inspiring and empowering young woman who has given a voice to countless sexual assault victims. Chanel Miller was sexually assaulted behind a dumpster on a prestigious college campus in 2015. This is her journey of fighting for her voice to be heard which in turn gives courage and strength to so many others.

This book is undeniably powerful. I don’t believe there is a person
Hannah Greendale
2020 Best Books of the Year [#07 of 11]

An unflinching and triumphant testimony. Know My Name ought to be required reading.
I always wondered why survivors understood other survivors so well. Why, even if the details of our attacks vary, survivors can lock eyes and get it without having to explain. Perhaps it is not the particulars of the assault itself that we have in common, but the moment after; the first time you are left alone. [...] This moment is not pain, not hysteria, not crying. It i
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
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Know My Name: A Memoir is Chanel Miller’s moving survival story. She was sexually assaulted while unconscious at a Stanford frat party in 2015. Her assaulter was caught in the act by two witnesses and attempted to flee the scene.

In an effort to remain anonymous, Chanel was known as Emily Doe throughout the trial. While Turner was found to be guilty, the world (self-included) was stunned to see his sentence be so light, really insignificant — 6 months and released after just 3. This seeming ince
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Know My Name is easily one of the most powerful memoirs I have ever read. The courage and unapologetic nature of Miller's writing brought me to tears.

In spite of the fact that she is someone I have never met, I am proud of Chanel Miller. That is genuinely what I feel; proud of her strength, as she speaks for so many.

Before she came out to the world, Chanel Miller was known as Emily Doe. Her victim impact statement from a sexual assault trial went viral after being posted on Buzzfeed.

This book f
Elyse  Walters
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition by the author, Chanel Miller

Chanel wrote an exceptional unflinchingly honest - memoir....with personal gut-wrenching details.

One does not need to be a victim of sexual assault - to feel its power.

Michael Aaron Persky - American attorney and former judge became the first judge to be recalled in California in over 80 years....after international widespread criticism of his ridiculously lenient sentencing —
Brock Turner was convicted of three felony charges
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, author-is-nice
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
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
~ 5 stars ~

Trigger Warnings: rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, substance use, domestic violence.

This memoir was such an impactful, heartbreaking, and meaningful story that I would recommend to each and every person undoubtedly. If you haven’t read this yet, take this review as a sign to do so.

This memoir is written by Chanel Miller, who was more commonly anonymously known as Emily Doe in the Stanford sexual assault case. Her victim impact statement went viral when published on Buzzfeed and
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Since I’ve already read the victim impact statement, which is a must read, I was prepared for an empowering moving story, but what I wasn’t prepared for was how such an exceptional amazing writer Chanel Miller is. The way she wrote this book is so freakin beautiful and so moving. Just read those quotes and tell me it didn’t make you feel things.
They seemed angry that I’d made myself vulnerable, more than the fact that he’d acted on my vulnerability.

This book filled me with rage becau
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
After a night at a party, Chanel Miller finds herself confused in the hospital with no memory of the night before. In this astonishing, profound memoir, she shares her impactful journey from being seen as person to a victim of sexual assault known as Emily Doe. We see her struggle to reclaim her identity, and now we know her name, and she is telling her story.

Chanel's story starts with her confused in the hospital, and I found myself confused as she tries to process what is going on. We follow h
“Do not become the ones who hurt you. Stay tender with your power.”

I have seldom read a book with so much wisdom, heart and power. Know My Name is the documentation of a sexual assault, the trial that followed, the media storm that hit when the victim's statement was released on buzzfeed, told by the woman who was taken advantage of while she was unconscious. Chanel Miller speaks about the trauma it caused her, the effect it had on her family, her friends, her boyfriend. A single dismissal of so
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5 STARS ★★★★★
This book is for everyone.

I just talked about this book with a friend this week who's just read it. The scope of this book is incredible. Undeniably hits home for me personally but also sparked an interesting conversation about what we need to fix in this society. Victim blaming has to stop, in every situation. I am not at fault when disgusting men leer at me or worse. You are not at fault when that cop harasses you for no reason.

When I finished this a coup
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Such an amazing story that I think everyone should read.
She asks if this is the way it happens for a lot of people - you don’t remember anything, but you just know something bad happened. Is this normal? I say nothing is normal and everything is normal. We bag up the bloodstained sheets in her car.

She tells me about Riverdale, about people getting buried alive, about her tattoos, about the elders from her tribe, about her pets, about her kids, about how long she’s been clean. She makes a joke about her vagina -"Crip pussy," to be exact, because the n
Schizanthus Nerd
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 bit
Know My Name is an autobiography written by Chanel Miller. The book primarily covers the three years following her graduation from the University of Southern California, with a degree in literature. She has included background information on her and her family.

This is a heart-wrenching account of her life following her sexual assault, which occurred on January 17, 2015. In the book, she covers the immediate aftermath of the assault starting at waking up at the hospital emergency room, the physi
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never have I read a book that has evoked so much rage in me.

Like many, I read Chanel’s victim impact statement upon release and was therefore aware of how powerful and impactful her words can be and yet I was still bowled over by the writing in this book. This is one of the best written memoirs I have ever read, Chanel’s words not only evoked rage on her behalf but soothed my anger until all I was left with was compassion and awe. Awe at her strength and resilience in what was a truly awful ord
Imogen Kathleen
Thank you Chanel Miller for being brave enough to share your story, and for helping survivors everywhere to feel less alone. In place of a review, I am compiling some resources for survivors in the UK, USA and Canada. If you feel comfortable adding further resources in the comments (perhaps for other countries), please do! Otherwise, message me if you would like me to add any.


- / 0808 802 9999
- / 0808 801 0818
- supportline: 0333 300 6389
- survivorsuk.o
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
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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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