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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 read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.
Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.
Complete this form to register for the Zoom Book Club. Everyone is welcome at no cost. Titles are selected by a vote of book club members. An email or phone number must be provided to participate. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Please direct any questions to Zack North (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the box above, write the title and author of a book you would like the book club to discuss. Please be conscious that others may not be able to read a large book. Zack will email a form to vote on suggested titles.
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