Sunday's 60 Minutes featured a compelling interview with Chanel Miller, the heroic sexual assault survivor at the center of 2016's highly controversial Brock Turner assault case. After years of being known as 'Emily Doe,' Miller reclaimed her identity and shared her harrowing experience for the first time on television.
Miller spoke first hand about the night she was assaulted behind a dumpster after attending a fraternity party on the Stanford University campus. Miller also recalled the backlash she endured because of the amount of alcohol she consumed that night.
"Rape is not a punishment for getting drunk…You deserve a hangover, a really bad hangover, but you don't deserve to have somebody insert their body parts inside of you," added Miller.
In addition to the horrific assault, Miller discussed the emotional trauma of the courtroom proceedings and the privilege that Brock Turner received because he was a decorated athlete. This was especially true when it came to media headlines.
"I don't understand why it is relevant how quickly he can move across a body of water," said Miller regarding an article that referenced Turner's swimming credentials while discussing her assault. Miller said Turner and his legal team did everything they could to change the narrative and discredit her story.
"After Brock's testimony, it felt like all rules had been abandoned. He will go to any end to come out of this without a guilty conviction. And for me, it felt like, how many times can we make her relive this?" recalled Miller.
Turner was found guilty of all counts but received a lenient sentence despite the impassioned victim statement Miller delivered to the court and Judge before sentencing. Turner's lenient sentence was met with national outrage, leading many, including Miller, to cite white privilege.
"I was in shock. So you're saying I just put aside a year and a half of my life so that he could go to county jail for three months," said Miller, adding "There are young men, particularly young men of color, serving longer sentences for non-violent crimes, for having...marijuana in their pockets... And he's going to serve one month for each felony. How can you explain that to me?"
Following Turner's sentencing, Miller became an anonymous icon and viral hero after Buzzfeed published her victim statement in its entirety. Miller said the letters of support she received from other survivors helped with her own healing process. "It was really like medicine. Reading these was like feeling the shame dissolve, you know, bringing all the light in." explained Miller.
Thanks to supportive rally cry behind Miller's case, the controversial Judge was voted out, and the state of California signed new legislation to prevent something like this from happening again hopefully.