Judge Aaron Persky’s lax sentencing of Brock Turner for three separate accounts of sexual assault has sparked outrage from both sides across the United States, but the victim has decided to remain anonymous.
She explains why in a new letter released to the media.
For now, all we know is that she is a 23-year-old woman going by the moniker, Emily Doe.
The prosecutor shared her letter with local KTVU anchor Frank Somerville regarding why she chooses anonymity in the heavily publicized rape case.
Her statement is brief, but pointed and stated as she wishes to relate her experience to that of “every woman.”
She wrote in full,
"I remain anonymous, yes to protect my identity.
But it is also a statement, that all of these people are fighting for someone they don't know.
That's the beauty of it. I don't need labels, categories, to prove I am worthy of respect, to prove that I should be listened to.
I am coming out to you as simply a woman wanting to be heard.
Yes there is plenty more I'd like to tell you about me.
For now, I am every woman."
At this point, having to protect her identity should be the least of the victim’s worries. The media and those involved in the case should respect her desire to remain anonymous as it stands.
Her symbolic gesture of sisterhood, however, seems a little far-fetched considering that the majority of rape victims don’t have the luxury of reporting their assault to authorities, as she did. She is not necessarily "every woman."
The privileged status she is experiencing from the media is not necessarily a thing of "beauty" as she states. In all fairness, though, she is probably trying to use her privilege to speak up for rape victims who don't have a voice.
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