The woman sexually assaulted by Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was named woman of the year by Glamour magazine. Because the name of the victim is unknown, Glamour named “Emily Doe” the recipient. Doe received the award in honor of her courage when she decided to speak up during and after the high-profile case.
Doe sent an essay to Glamour, in which she spoke about her life after the case, noting that she was considered “a best case scenario” for a sexual assault case, given the breadth of evidence against her attacker. But “if this is what having it good looks like,” Doe wrote, “what other hells are survivors living?”
Glamour’s honorees for 2016 included, BLM founder Opal Tometi, gymnast Simone Biles, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Garza. Before penning the essay for Glamour, she became popular for reading a letter she wrote to Turner during the trial.
“You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me,” her statement began, “and that’s why we’re here today.” “You took away my worth.”
“Doe’s words circled the globe. Within four days her statement had been viewed 11 million times; it was read aloud on CNN and the floor of Congress. Rape hotlines experienced surges in both calls and offers of volunteer help. And importantly, California closed the loophole that had allowed lighter sentences in cases where the victim is unconscious or severely intoxicated.”
Doe’s case reached Vice President Joe Biden, who penned a letter that was later published by BuzzFeed News. In his letter, the vice president said her words should be required reading for all men and women, and that he wished she had never had to write it at all. He called her brave.
Her Glamour essay, was the first time she addressed Turner, since her open letter read in court. Turner served three months of his six-month jail sentence before returning to his home in Ohio. Glamour’s decision shows that Doe’s message has changed the conversation about sexual assault.