The woman who was the victim of rape by Stanford student Brock Turner has spoken out on why she’s choosing to remain anonymous in the midst of the national discussion surrounding the case.
In case you’ve not been paying attention to world news, Turner raped a fellow student and was given a six month sentence for the rape of an unconscious woman. The judge ruled that six month was enough, because any longer sentence would be damaging to Turner, the rapist.
This ruling has caused outrage across the country, and has sparked dialogue (once again) about white privilege, sexism, and the issues surrounding rape on college campuses.
Frank Somerville, an anchor of KTVU, got a quote from the woman at the center of the case on why she chooses to remain anonymous:
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. 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.