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The sexual assault survivor in the Brock Turner case is writing a memoir

The unnamed woman is only known under her pseudonym Emily Doe

In 2016, 19-year-old Brock Turner, a then-Stanford University student, was sentenced to a meagre six months following the sexual assault of a woman, only known as Emily Doe. The story was brought to worldwide attention when her victim impact statement was published following his pathetic conviction – handed a sentence of three counts of felony sexual assault, he was given just six months in prison. The case invigoured protest across the world and widespread outrage during the trial, after his pathetic sentencing, his father’s shameful comments on the case, the judge’s abhorrent defense of his lenient sentence, and when Turner was actually released after just three months in county jail.

The anonymous sexual assault survivor is now writing a memoir. The nonfiction book, as of yet untitled, “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, the Penguin Random House imprint releasing the book. Doe “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.” 

Andrea Schulz, editor-in-chief, said that “Emily Doe’s experience illuminates a culture built to protect perpetrators and a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable.”

“The book will introduce readers to the writers whose words have already changed their worlds and move them with its accounting of her courage and resilience.”

Two Stanford University graduate students came across Turner “thrusting” his body on top of the unconscious, half-naked woman behind a dumpster. 

Doe directly addressed Turner in court with a harrowing, brave victim impact statement. 

“I was pummeled with narrowed, pointed questions that dissected my personal life, love life, past life, family life, inane questions, accumulating trivial details to try and find an excuse for this guy who had me half naked before even bothering to ask for my name,” she said of the court case.

“This is not a story of another drunk college hook­up with poor decision making. Assault is not an accident.”

Turner remains on the national sex offenders list. Though he attempted to seek a new case in 2018, appealing that it was “outercourse” and not attempted sexual intercourse because he was clothed, the appeal was shut down. The panel of three judges ruled that the first trial’s evidence was enough to prove a fair conviction. 

The memoir is scheduled to be published in September later this year.