Just when it appeared the dust surrounding the infamous Stanford rape case had begun to settle, survivor “Emily Doe” shared another exceptionally powerful statement with Glamour, this time detailing how important it is for assault survivors to not be misperceived by others — or themselves — as too traumatized or too fragile to carry on with their lives.
The cast of the HBO series “Girls” — Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet — read her statement aloud in a moving video posted to Glamour’s website on Nov. 1, and for her courage, Glamour also named Doe one of their “2016 Women of the Year.”
In her statement, addressing one person’s comment, Doe wrote, “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.”
Doe’s original statement, which she read aloud to her attacker in court, was posted to Buzzfeed and viewed 11 million times within just four days. It was also read aloud on CNN and the floor of Congress as part of a reform on California’s sentencing requirements in regards to sexual assault.
The Stanford rape case reached its end on June 2, when Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Turner to just six months in the Santa Clara County jail (of which he served three) followed by three years of formal probation. However, June 2 was certainly not the end for the victim or her tidal wave of supporters.
Watch the powerful, moving video below.