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Chanel Miller's animated short shows exactly what sexual assault survivors go through

When Chanel Miller accused Brock Turner of sexual assault, she was Emily Doe. Now, she's boldly Chanel Miller, using her name and experience to let survivors of assault know they are not alone. Miller recently came out with a five-minute animated short entitled "I Am With You." The short packs a punch, reminding survivors that they're more than what happened to them. "Nobody wants to be defined by the worst thing that's happened to them," she says in the film. The short was shared on the Viking Books YouTube page.



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At 22, Miller was sexually assaulted by Turner behind a dumpster at Stanford University while she was unconscious. After Miller read her 12-page impact statement to Turner in court, she released it online and it went viral. "When I released the statement, something else happened. The world breathed life into my words," she says in the film. "I spent all this time absorbing, absorbing, listening to their voices until I understood. Chanel knows how you get in blackouts. But Chanel also knows how to write, how to draw."


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While writing her memoir, Know My Name, Miller took breaks to draw, then turned those drawings into this powerful film. We finally see side of Miller we didn't read about in the coverage of the trial. "When you are assaulted, an identity is given to you. It threatens to swallow up everything you plan to do and be. I became Emily Doe," Miller says in a voice-over as animations drawn by her appear on screen. "Assault teaches you to shrink, makes you afraid to exist. Shame, really, can kill you."



The film includes the message that survivors shouldn't have to be bound to their trauma. "Survivors will not be boxed in, oppressed. We've had enough — enough of the shame, the disbelief, the loneliness," she says.

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Miller ends the film with a simple, yet powerful sentiment. ""No one gets to define you. You do. You do. My name is Chanel and I am with you," she says, extending the support she received to others.

Miller wasn't alone while creating the short film, either. "The film crew that worked on this piece was almost all women. Feeling their support and creating together was immensely healing," Miller wrote in a statement. "We should all be creating space for survivors to speak their truths and express themselves freely. When society nourishes instead of blames, books are written, art is made, and the world is a little better for it."

It's inspiring to see Miller write her own story, instead of being defined by the one that was given to her. Nobody can truly take away who you are. It's important to hear reminders of that. You get to say who you are, not the person who harmed you.

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Cat hilariously rats out owner in front of the landlord.

Maybe it's a right of passage into adulthood or maybe some landlords discriminate against pets because they can't tell people kids are forbidden in their residence. Either way, just about everyone has lived in a rental home that didn't allow pets. Most people just abide by the rules and vow to get a pet when they find a new home.

Some people, on the other hand, get creative. I once came across a post on social media where someone claimed their pit bull puppy was actually a silver Labrador. But one woman on TikTok was harboring a secret cat in her rental that had a no pets policy, and either her cat was unaware or he was aware and was simply being a jerk.

My money is on the latter since cats are known to be jerks for no reason. I mean, have you ever left something on the counter for a few minutes? They make it their mission to knock it on the floor. So I fully believe this fluffy little meow box wanted to make his presence known in an effort to rat out his owner.

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An overdue book sent to the Lake Elmo Library.

An anonymous person checked out a book 47 years ago from the library and in an act that’s sure to bless them with an extra helping of good karma, they finally decided to return it. Earlier this month, Karen Rodricks, a library services supervisor at the library in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, opened a package that came in the mail and it contained a book from the ‘70s, "Chilton's Foreign Car Repair Manual."

In an attempt to avoid a gargantuan fine that may have accrued over nearly 50 years, the person who sent the book did so anonymously. Although they did include a thoughtful letter and a $200 donation to the library.

Rodricks told Minnesota Public Radio that it was the most overdue book that she’s ever seen make its way back to the library. “It occasionally happens, but what is so delightful about this book is the note," she said.

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This article originally appeared on 04.15.19


On May 28, 2014, 13-year-old Athena Orchard of Leicester, England, died of bone cancer. The disease began as a tumor in her head and eventually spread to her spine and left shoulder. After her passing, Athena's parents and six siblings were completely devastated. In the days following her death, her father, Dean, had the difficult task of going through her belongings. But the spirits of the entire Orchard family got a huge boost when he uncovered a secret message written by Athena on the backside of a full-length mirror.

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California dad saves daughter from coyote.

People have been encroaching on the homes of wild animals for decades and, naturally, this leads to close run-ins with the animals that inhabit the areas. We've heard of bears in cars, opossums in garages and even bats in people's attics. One family recently had a really scary close call with a coyote.

In a video posted to TikTok, a dad in Woodland Hills, California, Ariel Eliyahuo looks to be unpacking the car and his 2-year-old daughter is out of sight on the other side of the dark-colored SUV. You can see what looks to be a medium-sized dog walk behind the car before you hear the little girl scream. When the dad rounds the back of the car to see if his daughter fell, the coyote starts trying to run off with the child.

The whole encounter happened in merely a few seconds. In an instant, the dad has his daughter under his arm like a football, running her to safety. As he's running with the toddler, the coyote keeps coming toward them so he throws a rock at the animal while he and his wife yell, trying to scare it away.

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