Throughout her case against her rapist Brock Turner, the now 23-year-old victim has managed to keep her identity hidden. After you read her explanation as to why she's done that, you'll heartily agree it should stay that way. Aside from her court statement, which she provided to BuzzFeed to publish, the woman has spoken very little to the public and has given only brief quotes to news outlets. Through her lawyer, the woman sent a few sentences to KTVU that, although they are brief, are eloquent.
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.
Like her court letter, which ended with words of support for other women, this statement is powerful and partially explains why this case has gained so much attention. Sadly, this woman knows that she was the victim of assault for no other reason than her gender. Her ability to express as much has helped expose for many the pervasive, vicious nature of the white male privilege that led to her rape and the attacker's lenient sentencing.
In short, this woman is a goddamn heroine.