Chanel Miller spoke out in her first televised interview on "60 Minutes" Sunday night.
Miller revealed that she learned that Brock Turner had sexually assaulted her not from a police officer, nurse, or counselor, but from reading a news article more than a week after the assault.
In an interview with "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Chanel Miller, the woman who was sexually assaulted by the Stanford swimmer Brock Turner at a fraternity party in 2015, said she didn't learn his name or what he did to her until reading a news article about the incident more than a week later.
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While she was told at the hospital that she may have been sexually assaulted and was asked to undergo a rape kit, Miller didn't learn many of the details of that night until 10 days later, she said.
Having no memory of the assault, Miller wasn't even certain that anything criminal had happened, since all she was told was that she was found behind a dumpster and that somebody had been chased down and arrested.
"I just thought I had passed out somewhere and that there was a suspicious man at the party who had been behaving in an odd way," she told "60 Minutes" on Sunday. "I had no idea he was directly connected to me in any way."
She said authorities initially left out the detail that her underwear and cellphone had been found on the ground near her.
Miller's sister picked her up from the hospital, and they decided not to tell their parents or anyone else what happened until they got more information.
10 days passed before Miller learned what happened to her
For 10 long days, Miller went to work and waited to hear more.
On the 10th day, a news story popped up on her feed about Turner's arrest on charges of sexual assault. She hadn't heard Turner's name before, but after reading about the victim in the story, she knew it was her. It was also the first time she learned that he had sexually assaulted her.
"It was surreal having the news broken to me by the internet," she said. "I was alone, sitting at my desk, surrounded by coworkers, reading about how I was stripped and then penetrated and discarded in a bed of pine needles behind a dumpster. That's how I figured out all of those elements, and they all added up, and I finally understood."
A jury found Turner guilty on three counts of sexual assault in March 2016. He was sentenced to six months in prison and served three.
During the trial, Miller remained anonymous, referred to as "Emily Doe." Earlier this month, she revealed her identity ahead of the release of her memoir, "Know My Name," on Tuesday.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit hotline.rainn.org/online and receive confidential support.
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