This book review of Know My Name by Chanel Miller gives you the details of this thought-provoking memoir of the Stanford sexual assault victim. And because this is a book pairings blog “where books meet lifestyle,” I have also provided some recommended pairings for further learning.
Review of Know My Name
- My favorite nonfiction book of 2019
- One of the best Asian American (AAPI) books
- New York Times bestseller
Know My Name is the breathtaking memoir of the Stanford sexual assault victim, who gained notoriety when her victim impact statement at the sentencing of her assailant went viral. I’m so thrilled she decided to share her name and her story with the world. She speaks with analytical depth, the likes of which I haven’t read before. She makes you question everything you thought you knew about sexual assault and, without a doubt, made a tremendous impact in publicizing her story. Below are some of the notes I took while reading this book. I will let them speak for themselves:
- Blaming the victim
- Rape is not a consequence of drinking
- Women are expected to do things to avoid rape but men aren’t
- How the media frames him as an athlete and shares his narrative that he thought she enjoyed it
- Victims are painted as liars for forgetting any details whereas perpetrators can change the entire narrative
- Leniency towards white wealthy athletes
- The default answer is assumed to be yes if you can’t say no
- We should focus on the losses of the victim, not the perpetrator
- Social change is a marathon, not a sprint
If you haven’t already read Know My Name, I truly hope this post inspires you to read Chanel Miller’s story.
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Pairings for Know My Name
For more like Know My Name:
- Read Chanel Miller’s victim impact statement.
- Watch The Hunting Ground – a powerful documentary about campus sexual assault.
- Read and/or watch Unbelievable – about two female detectives’ search for the serial rapist of college-aged victims who weren’t believed ( and “unbelievable” is an understatement. It leaves you in utter shock and awe, and the show was tremendously acted.)
- Read Catch and Kill – Ronan Farrow’s non-fiction account of building the #MeToo stories against Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer (it’s fantastic).
- Listen to the Real Crime Profile podcast. I try no to indulge in too many true crime podcasts as they can feel gratuitous, but this one is hosted by professions wholly dedicated to empathy and supporting victims. They are fantastic people who do tremendous work that I admire.
I sincerely hope this review of Know My Name by Chanel Miller inspires you to pick up this important book and/or continue to learn more about American immigration issues.
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