The victim in the Brock Turner rape case has released a second, powerful statement

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Brock Turner rape case: Why the victim's letter is a 'game changer'

So far, the victim in the Brock Turner rape case — the unconscious woman whom the 20-year-old sexually assaulted behind a dumpster in 2015 — has opted to keep her name out of the media. In a statement released to KTVU Fox 2 on Tuesday, she explained exactly why.

"I remain anonymous, yes to protect my identity," she said. "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," she continued. "Yes there is plenty more I'd like to tell you about me. For now, I am every woman."

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The victim in the Brock Turner rape case has released a second, powerful statement
Signage hangs near Oakwood High School in Oakwood, Ohio Thursday June 9, 2016. Anger and skepticism fill the streets of this wealthy suburban enclave following intense scrutiny of a six-month rape sentence handed down to Brock Turner, a former resident, a star swimmer for Stanford whose conviction ended his athletic career and cast a light on his background and the community he grew up in. Turner attended Oakwood High School. (AP Photo/Ann Sanner)
An exterior of Oakwood High School is seen in Oakwood, Ohio Thursday June 9, 2016. Anger and skepticism fill the streets of this wealthy suburban enclave following intense scrutiny of a six-month rape sentence handed down to Brock Turner, a former resident, a star swimmer for Stanford whose conviction ended his athletic career and cast a light on his background and the community he grew up in. Turner attended Oakwood High School. (AP Photo/Ann Sanner)
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At Turner's sentencing hearing, the victim read a powerful statement directed at him, which she wrapped with a message to "girls everywhere."

"I am with you," she said. "On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you."

Turner's statement to the judge has also come out. In it, he blames alcohol — not himself — for the assault he committed. He's been sentenced to a light six months in jail, prompting widespread outrage and calls for the presiding judge, Aaron Persky, to recuse himself.

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