Brock Turner’s rape victim writing memoir about her assault
The woman sexually assaulted by a former Stanford University swimmer is writing a memoir about her harrowing experience.
The nonfiction book “will reclaim the story of her sexual assault, expose the arduous nature of the legal system, and emerge as a bold, unifying voice,” according to Viking Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Emily Doe, as the victim is publicly known, “will share her experience in emotional, honest and eloquent detail. Her story continues to be a testament to the power of words to heal and effect change,” the publisher said.
Doe’s story gained national attention when BuzzFeed News published her victim impact statement in June 2016, three months after Brock Turner, then 20, was convicted on three counts of felony sexual assault but sentenced to just six months behind bars.
He faced up to 14 years after being caught raping an unconscious Doe behind a dumpster outside a Stanford fraternity party.
Judge Aaron Persky defended his sentencing decision by claiming that “a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others.”
Turner was released after serving three months.
Outrage over the case deepened when Turner’s father referred to the rape as simply “20 minutes of action” in an attempt to make his son look like the victim.
Viking Books editor-in-chief Andrea Schulz said of the book, “Emily Doe’s experience illuminates a culture built to protect perpetrators and a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable.”
The memoir is due out this September.
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