I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope (Unabridged)
by Chessy Prout & Jenn Abelson - contributor
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A young survivor tells her searing, visceral story of sexual assault, justice, and healing in this gutwrenching memoir. The numbers are staggering: nearly one in five girls ages 14 to 17 have been the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. This is the true story of one of those girls. In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul's School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice. This memoir is more than an account of a horrific event. It takes a magnifying glass to the institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators. Chessy's story offers real, powerful solutions to upend rape culture as we know it today. Prepare to be inspired by this remarkable young woman and her story of survival, advocacy, and hope in the face of unspeakable trauma. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
Should be required reading in High School
Mind-blowing. Every teenager should read this.
We are listening to the Audiobook during Carpool to school. Few books have moved me like this one. True story about how a 15 year old rape survivor refused to be bullied into silence by a powerful 150+ year old institution. Very well written. Chessy Prout does not sugarcoat any of the raw, painful details for her long journey towards justice. There are so many things we can learn from her bravery by sharing her story. Bravo.