Congress Will Read Aloud The Full Statement From The Stanford Sexual Assault Survivor

This letter from a young woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford University student Brock Turner will be read in its entirety on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives next week.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) will host a one-hour special order on the evening of June 15. Members of Congress, both men and women, will read the Stanford survivor’s statement in full over the course of an hour, which will officially put the words of a sexual assault victim into the congressional record, making it a documented part of American history.

Speier told The Huffington Post in an interview Thursday that reading the statement into the Congressional record,  is “a symbolic act that underscores the gravity of the offense.”

The survivor provided her statement, in full, to BuzzFeed News. Over 16 million people have read it since, and you should, too. (Trigger warning)