A woman has penned a powerful and heart-wrenching statement to the man who sexually assaulted her.
The 23-year-old, who is known by the pseudonym of ‘Emily Doe’ to conceal her privacy, addressed Brock Allen Turner in a court document that described the pain and suffering she went through after the event.
Turner, 20, has since been found guilty of sexual assault and was sentenced to six months in jail.
In a letter read out in court addressing Turner, Doe wrote: “You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.
“The damage is done, no one can undo it.
“And now we both have a choice. We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt and you can be in denial, or we can face it head on, I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.”
On 18 January 2015, two witnesses saw Turner sexually assaulting Doe, who was unconscious behind a dumpster on the Stanford University campus.
According to the County of Santa Clara’s Office of the District Attorney, Turner ran away when the witnesses called out.
“The two tackled him and held him until police officers arrived. Evidence showed that the victim was so heavily intoxicated that she did not regain consciousness until hours later,” a report said.
During the court case, Doe wrote a victim impact statement and used it not only to explain to Turner just how much he’d messed up her life, but also used it to empower other women who had experienced sexual assault or rape.
She wrote: “On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you.”
The entire letter is below. If there’s one thing you do today, read this: