I am back with a Goodreads Monday tag! Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!
TW: sexual assault.
Title: Know My Name, a memoir
Author: Chanel Miller
Synopsis from Goodreads: She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral–viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time. Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways–there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life. Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
Why I want to read it
First I want to read more non-fiction books in 2021 and second I feel like this book is extremely important because it gives a voice to victims of sexual assault. I love how she’s trying to reclaim her story and how brave she is. She is an inspiring woman and I’m so sorry somethings as awful as her assault happened to her and I also cannot imagine how awful the victim blaming was on top of everything. This book also reflects how society protects abusers and blames the victim and we have to make it stop at our own scale and if there’s anything we can do it’s at least read this story.
Why I haven’t read it yet
I think this book will be triggering in some aspects but if Chanel Miller was brave enough to write her story, the least I can do is read it.
Did you read this? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!