Brock Turner’s victim has chosen to stay anonymous throughout the highly publicized trial, but that hasn’t stopped her from speaking her mind. The 23-year-old woman gave a message to San Francisco’s KTVU Fox 2 in which she explains why she has chosen to stay out of the spotlight.
“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,” she says in her message. “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.”
The brave woman has been able to articulate her experience throughout the legal process. While in court, she told Turner how the attack has changed her life.
“My damage was internal, unseen, I carry it with me,” she wrote. “You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice … My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self deprecating, tired, irritable, empty. The isolation at times was unbearable. You cannot give me back the life I had before that night.”
Her story has touched many people, including the stars of HBO’s Girls. Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, and Zosia Mamet created a powerful PSA on sexual assault and dedicated it to the anonymous survivor of the Stanford case.
I dedicate this to the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation. https://t.co/KMOJUxvPu0
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 8, 2016