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Brock Turner’s Victim, Who Wrote Of Her Horrifying Rape By A Dumpster In An Impact Statement, Is Publishing A Book

In 2015, the story of Stanford University student and rapist, Brock Turner’s sexual assault of an unconscious woman went viral. His victim had written a heart-rendering impact statement that went viral and dominated headlines for months and while it occurred just before the #Metoo movement, there’s no denying it has had a profound impact on the ways similar rape trials have been addressed since.  Turner was then charged after two Stanford graduate students witnessed the assault taking place while they were riding bicycles near the college campus. 

When the case drew nationwide attention, Turner’s victim remained unnamed. For the last three years, the sexual assault survivor had only been  known to the public as “Emily Doe.” Now, she’s releasing her first book and reclaiming not only her truth but her identity as well. 

In a profile published in the New York Times, “Emily Doe” wants you to know her real name: Chanel Miller.

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According to the New York Times, Miller’s case made headlines after BuzzFeed had published the statement she read at the sentencing hearing for Brock Turner and essentially, that statement is what got her the book deal. The editor in chief of Viking, the book’s publisher, tells the NYT that she remembers being in her kitchen, reading “this incredible, riveting piece of work.” Afterward, a literary agent representing Miller contacted the EIC of Viking to say her client was interested in writing a book. Four years later, and Miller is now celebrating the publication of her first memoir, “Know My Name.”

“The process of writing “Know My Name” was also, in part, a way for Ms. Miller to piece together the totality of what happened the night she was assaulted,” writes the New York Times. “She read pages of court documents and transcripts of witness testimonies she had not been allowed to hear during the trial.” Miller began writing the book in 2017. 

The cover art for Miller’s memoir also holds significant meaning. It was inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi or “golden repair” in which “broken pottery pieces are mended using lacquer and powdered gold.” 

The meaning of the cover art is meant to symbolize and represent Miller’s recovery from the sexual assault and the trauma of the trial said the publisher.

Brock Turner was convicted in 2016 of sexually assaulting “Emily Doe” appealed his convictions and requested a new trial in December of last year. In March of 2016, Turner was found guilty on three felony counts: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious individual, the penetration of an intoxicated individual and the penetration of an unconscious individual. 

Turner’s conviction caused national outrage, mostly because of Miller’s letter.

According to CNN,  Turner’s lawyers filed an appeal with California’s 6th District Court of Appeal in 2017 claiming that their client was “denied due process” and called the conviction “fundamentally unfair.” 

Unfair? Brock Turner spent only three months in jail. But the public wasn’t surprised. After all, this was a white male being accused of sexual assault. That basically says it all. According to CNN, Turner was released for “good behavior” and only served half of his sentence. However, as part of his sentence, he still has to “register for life as a sex offender.”

 In 2018, CNN reported that Turner lost his appeal in the case. 

Miller also went on to give her first public interview to “60 Minutes” where she also read her victim impact statement from the sentencing hearing. 

People on social media are also already rallying behind Chanel Miller by showing her support and expressing their excitement over the release of her new book.

One Twitter user said she “got goosebumps” over the news of Miller revealing her identity. “She deserves the world,” she added. 

Another woman on Twitter called her an “American hero.” 

In another tweet, Ella Dawson went on to say that her testimony at Brock Turner’s trial, published anonymously in 2016, “paved the way for #MeToo and exposed the sickening treatment rape survivors receive from the justice system.” 

Others also began criticizing not only 60 Minutes for their language in a tweet but media in general for the way they continue to cover this case.

In the tweet 60 Minutes shared of Miller’s first interview since the case, they referred to Brock Turner as the “Stanford swimmer” instead of calling him what he is: a rapist. Danielle Campoamor on Twitter retweeted the original 60 Minutes post and said, “Hey 60 minutes you spelled ‘RAPIST’ wrong.”

Social Media Manager for Voto Latino, Mariah Castañeda also echoed the sentiment of the irresponsible way media outlets continue to humanize Brock Turner by not referring to him as a rapist. 

“Chanel Miller is one brave badass for publicly reclaiming her identify after how horrible y’all treated her as [Emily Doe],” Castañeda writes on Twitter. “And f*ck all news outlets that refer to her rapist as the ‘Stanford Swimmer.'” 

Ultimately, it’s clear mainstream media still has a lot to learn when it comes to the right way to treat survivors of sexual assault (and women in general for that matter) compared to their abusers. 

Another woman on Twitter noticed how Brock Turner is the one trending on Twitter and again, still being referred to as “Stanford Swimmer” when it’s Chanel Miller that we should be highlighting and uplifting. “She deserves better,” the woman wrote. 

“Know My Name” is scheduled for a release date of September 24. 

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11-Year-Old Boy Steals School Bus, Leads Cops on a 45-Minute High-Speed Chase in Baton Rouge

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11-Year-Old Boy Steals School Bus, Leads Cops on a 45-Minute High-Speed Chase in Baton Rouge

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On Sunday morning, drivers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana were treated to a sight they definitely don’t see very often: an 11-year-old boy driving a school bus. But it wasn’t just any “ride”; it was an unaccompanied, illegal joy ride.

That’s right, over the weekend, a young Louisiana boy managed to steal a school bus from the local Head Start and take it out for a spin.

He then led police officers on a 45-minute, high-speed chase around Baton Rouge.

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A TikTok user named @lainetaylor captured the chase on video. As the school bus zoomed down the street, it appeared that around a dozen cop cars were in hot-pursuit of the rogue boy.

Witness Joy Gradney described her first-hand experience to the local WAFB news station, saying, “As he got closer and closer and closer, I saw it’s a little boy in there and he was laughing. He was like giggling on the way across Florida [Ave] as he goes right past me. I’m like, ‘I can’t believe it’s a little boy!'”

According to authorities, the bus was a “push to start” model, so it was easy for the boy to start the vehicle without any keys. As for how he could reach the pedals, that’s a question we’d like an answer to.

Police also claimed that they little boy was flipping them off and taunting them as he drove the stolen school bus.

The chase eventually ended when the bus crashed into a tree. Thankfully, no one was hurt (although three other cars were apparently hit during the chase). The boy was arrested and put in handcuffs.

Libby Smith, the woman whose tree he crashed into, sounded as shocked as anyone when she found out who the bus’s driver was.

“I’m thinking, ‘What in the world is going on?’ And my first thought is that it was a lot of kids on the bus,” she explained to WAFB. “Thank goodness he was okay he was safe, but it was not your typical Sunday afternoon occurrence for sure!”

According to reports, the police charged the boy with “theft of a vehicle, aggravated flight, damage to property and aggravated assault.” We have a feeling he won’t be stealing any more busses any time soon.

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ICE Just Deported A Key Witness in A Sexual Assault Investigation Against Them

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ICE Just Deported A Key Witness in A Sexual Assault Investigation Against Them

According to the Texas Tribune, the key witness in the ongoing sexual assault investigation at an ICE detention center has been deported. She was previously being held at a Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso, Texas.

While the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General initially forbid ICE from deporting her, the office apparently reversed their decision on Monday. According to reports, the office determined that “further interviews could be done over the phone”.

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According to previous reports, the unidentified 35-year-old woman alleged that guards had “forcibly kissed” her and touched her on the private parts.

Documents, which were extensively reported on by ProPublica, described the harassment as a “pattern and practice” at this particular detention center.

The woman also alleges that the guards would attempt to extort sexual favors from her and other detainees when they were returning from the medical unit back to her barrack. One guard allegedly told her that he would help get her released “if she behaved”.

The unnamed woman reported the harrasment to her lawyers who then filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. The DHS then opened an investigation into the ICE Detention Center in El Paso.

The FBI has, since then, interviewed the woman extensively. According to documents, the woman gave investigators a tour of the facility where she showed them where the alleged harassment took place–in what were identified as security camera “blind spots”.

According to her, the guard told her that if she reported him, “No one would believe her”.

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Since the woman made these accusations, at least two other women at the same detention center came forward with similar claims. One of these women has already been deported.

According to previous reports, the unnamed woman accusing ICE officials of sexual assault was being held at the El Paso detention center for a drug-related crime and illegally entering the country. She claims she initially fled Mexico after a cartel member sexually assaulted and threatened her.

While ICE says that they have “zero tolerance for any form of sexual abuse or assault against individuals in the agency’s custody”, the reality is much bleaker.

According to the advocacy group Freedom for Immigrants, ICE has had 14,700 complaints filed against them between 2010 and 2016 alleging sexual and/or physical abuse.

In the most recent statistics available, ICE reported 374 formal accusations of sexual assault in 2018. Forty-eight of those were substantiated by the agency and 29 were still pending an investigation. According to Freedom for Immigrants, only a fraction of these complaints are investigated by the Office of Inspector General.

The woman’s lawyer, Linda Corchado, has not been shy about expressing her displeasure over her client’s deportation.

“[The government] allowed their most powerful witness to be deported,” Corchado said. “How can we possibly take this investigation seriously now or ever pretend that it ever was from the outset?”

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