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Know My Name

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  55,807 ratings  ·  8,306 reviews
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, where it instantly went viral–viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and ...more
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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)
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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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
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Cindy
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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 fee
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jessica
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.
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emma
Everyone, everyone, everyone should read this book.

That's my review.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Absolutely fucking incredible.
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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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
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Gabby
“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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Mehrsa
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
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
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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 d ...more
Hannah Greendale
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
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 is your insides turning to cold stones.
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Elyse  Walters
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook...read by the author, Chanel Miller

Chanel wrote an exceptional unflinchingly honest - memoir....with personal gut-wrenching details.
I COULD NOT PULL AWAY!!!

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
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Elle
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-is-nice, 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
Brandice
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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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
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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
Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)
Can't say enough good things about this one.
More thoughts about it here: https://openlettersreview.com/posts/k...
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NAT.orious reads ☾
5 STARS ★★★★★
This book is for everyone.

Preface.
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
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Cathrine ☯️
5 ⚖️ ⚖️ ⚖️ ⚖️ ⚖️
When you’re a young male Stanford swimming star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything.

When you’re the unconscious female victim it’s your fault. You’re guilty until proven innocent. While you’re being assaulted all over again in court be aware of what behavior is acceptable from you:

"Don’t get angry. If you’re angry you’re defensive.
If you’re flat you’re apathetic.
Too upbeat, you’re suspect.
If you weep, you’re hysterical.
Being too emo
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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 especia
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Terri
Chanel Miller has written her painful story and it is one of the best examples of exactly what a rape victim has to endure. Bravo. It's brilliantly written. I can't believe she had the courage to write such a book but THANK GOD she did. I look forward to reading her next book. Highly recommend.
Christy
“My pain was never more valuable than his potential.”

This was such a difficult book to read. It made me angry, I was sad, I was shocked, and I was hopeful. I remember very well when all of this was going on in the media years ago but hearing Chanel's story first hand and hearing her narrate it was something else. I was moved and inspired, but I was also furious to what this woman had to endure. Chanel Miller is so brave to tell her story like she did and I can't recommend reading (or
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Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It has completely reshaped my thinking around sexual assault and how we exist in a world whose institutions are built to protect men - particularly privileged men - and one that fails to protect the most vulnerable.

This is the memoir of Chanel Miller, or "Emily Doe", as she was known during her trial. At the age of 22, Chanel was sexually assaulted on Stanford's campus when she was attending a frat party with her sister and her sister's f
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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 happene
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sarah xoxo
Know My Name is one of the most well written, powerful and thought provoking memoirs I have ever read.

This book follows Chanel Miller, determined to reclaim her identity after being erased and described as an 'unconscious intoxicated woman' or simply 'brock turner's victim.'

“The barricades that held us down will not work anymore. And when silence and shame are gone, there will be nothing to stop us. We will not stand by as our mouths are covered, bodies entered. We will speak, we will speak, w
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Rachel
Chanel Miller’s memoir Know My Name is aptly titled; the name Brock Turner is known by most Americans who watch the news, while Miller was known for years only as ‘Emily Doe,’ the nameless, faceless girl that he attempted to rape at a Stanford frat party in January 2015. Turner’s case gained notoriety after his sentencing where he received only 6 months of prison time – he only served 3 – and Miller’s victim impact statement was published to Buzzfeed, receiving millions of hits and sparking conv ...more
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
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Rincey
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-author, favorites
Just as great as everyone says it is.

Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/zIdJ1gqIozQ
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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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