27-year old Chanel Miller, who was a victim of assault at the hands of Brock Turner in a case that went global in 2016, has been making headlines recently for her incredible bravery.
Miller recently made the decision to lift her anonymity ahead of the release of her memoir, Know My Name. A powerful, 12-page victim statement by Miller went viral in 2016 – so viral, in fact, that Miller’s own therapist recommended she read it without knowing she was the author.
The story of Miller’s assault was so viral, and so shocking, partly because of the relatability of it. Women all over the world were both horrified by the injustice and saw some of their own cases reflected in her story when Turner was given sentence that was shorter than expected. Many were also horrified to see Miller painted as an “unconscious, intoxicated woman” by the media.
Chanel Miller’s response to online critics who said she was partly to blame for the assault because she had too muc… https://t.co/wIokhaOn9Y
Now, Miller’s response to people who criticised her for drinking on the night of the attack is making the rounds. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Miller talked bravely about the attacks she faced and the comments that people left on articles about her. After Miller reels off some of the hateful comments she received, the interviewer asks her what she would say to the people who pointed out that she was indeed drunk.
Rape is not a punishment for getting drunk.
And we have this really sick mindset in our culture, as if you deserve rape if you drink to excess. You deserve a hangover, a really bad hangover, but you don’t deserve to have somebody insert their body parts inside of you.
Her bold, concise response has inspired positive comments on Twitter, with support flooding in from across the globe.