Stanford sexual assault survivor pens a powerful essay months after Brock Turner's sentencing
The high-profile sexual assault case involving former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner has prompted a powerful essay from the woman involved, months after sentencing.
Turner was sentenced to just six months in jail because a longer sentence would have "a severe impact on him", according to the judge.
During the case the victim, referred to as Emily Doe, read out an impact statement which went viral, being viewed 11 million times within four days. It began with the sentence: "You don't know me, but you've been inside me, and that's why we're here today."
Now she has written an essay published on Glamour as they honour her as a Woman of the Year. She talks about the case in detail and how she views herself now as a "survivor".
She wrote about the support she had received since her statement went public: "I started getting e-mails forwarded to me from Botswana to Ireland to India. I received watercolor paintings of lighthouses and bicycle earrings. A woman who plucked a picture of her young daughter from the inside of her cubicle wrote, This is who you're saving.
"When I received an e-mail that Joe Biden had written me a letter I was sitting in my pajamas eating some cantaloupe. You are a warrior. I looked around my room, who is he talking to. You have a steel spine, I touched my spine. I printed his letter out and ran around the house flapping it in the air."
But Doe also experienced trolling and photos of herself being leaked, compromising the anonymity usually afforded to sexual assault victims. One of them said: "She's not pretty enough to have been raped."
The essay ends with Doe speaking of the strength she has gained from the experience: "So now to the one who said, I hope my daughter never ends up like her, I am learning to say, I hope you end up like me, meaning, I hope you end up like me strong. I hope you end up like me proud of who I'm becoming. I hope you don't 'end up,' I hope you keep going. And I hope you grow up knowing that the world will no longer stand for this.
"Victims are not victims, not some fragile, sorrowful aftermath. Victims are survivors, and survivors are going to be doing a hell of a lot more than surviving."