Rape Culture and White Privilege Still an Issue
Actions You Can Make to Inform Yourself
by Addie Bona
In 2016, the nation was horrified by the decision of California Judge Aaron Persky. Instead of charging him with the maximum sentence of 14 years, Brock Turner was given 6 months in county jail where he only served 3, although he was found guilty of three counts of felony sexual assault. This decision to give a 19 year old White man a lenient sentence because his life had too much potential, proved rape culture and White privilege is still alive and well in the US.
Why did our nation become so upset by the decision of this court case? Because we had all read the heart wrenching victim impact statement (linked below) from the women who Brock Turner sexually assaulted behind a dumpster in 2015. This woman kept stayed anonymous. Until now.
Chanel Miller has broken her silence and has revealed her identity with a memoir about her life since the assault titled, “Know My Name”. Miller started writing this book in 2017 to not only help herself piece together the fragmented memories of her assault, but also to further open up the conversation about sexual assault. After reading Miller’s impact statement in 2016, Viking’s editor in chief, Andrea Schulz, immediately agreed to working with Miller in publishing her book when approached by Miller’s literary agent. Schulz and Miller have been working together on this project since 2017 and have created a beautiful piece of work. The book’s release date is September 24th, 2019.
If you’d like to read the New York TImes article and learn more details, you can do so here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/books/chanel-miller-brock-turner-assault-stanford.html?fbclid=IwAR2FUUYHcUEeEVMnWw4GcEOrYC0sqHEjLhBmSvhxm2uiiD8y1F8dA_41oAA
You can also read Miller’s impact statement from 2016 here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/06/stanford-sexual-assault-case-victim-impact-statement-in-full