This is one of those inspirational and emotional letters we’ve read in a long time.

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In January 2015, witnesses saw a man sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on Stanford University’s campus.

The man was later identified as Stanford varsity swimmer Brock Allen Turner who has since been found guilty on three counts of sexual assault but in a shocking decision, was only given six months of jail time.

Now, nearly a year and a half later, his victim is finally having her turn to speak. At his sentence hearing, the 23-year-old, who remains unnamed to protect her privacy, read aloud one of the most powerful statement that was ever heard.

She started,

“Your Honor, if it is all right, for the majority of this statement I would like to address the defendant directly. You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today.”

She then recounted her confusing trip to the hospital during which she found out she was the survivor of rape.

“All that I was told was that I had been found behind a dumpster, potentially penetrated by a stranger, and that I should get retested for HIV because results don’t always show up immediately. But for now, I should go home and get back to my normal life. Imagine stepping back into the world with only that information.”

She continued,

“One day, I was at work, scrolling through the news on my phone, and came across an article. In it, I read and learned for the first time about how I was found unconscious, with my hair disheveled, long necklace wrapped around my neck, bra pulled out of my dress, dress pulled off over my shoulders and pulled up above my waist, that I was butt naked all the way down to my boots, legs spread apart, and had been penetrated by a foreign object by someone I did not recognize. This was how I learned what happened to me, sitting at my desk reading the news at work.”

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“While you worry about your shattered reputation, I refrigerated spoons every night so when I woke up, and my eyes were puffy from crying, I would hold the spoons to my eyes to lessen the swelling so that I could see. I showed up an hour late to work every morning, excused myself to cry in the stairwells, I can tell you all the best places in that building to cry where no one can hear you.”

“I used to pride myself on my independence, now I am afraid to go on walks in the evening, to attend social events with drinking among friends where I should be comfortable being. I have become a little barnacle always needing to be at someone’s side, to have my boyfriend standing next to me, sleeping beside me, protecting me. It is embarrassing how feeble I feel, how timidly I move through life, always guarded, ready to defend myself, ready to be angry.”

She concluded with,

“To girls everywhere, I am with you. 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.”

Please note that this article has merely included excerpts of the entire letter read aloud at the sentencing. We encourage you to read the letter in full here.

To the rape survivor who endured this horrific pain, we support you and we stand with you.

Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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