I Have the Right to

I Have the Right to

A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

Book - 2018
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"A bold, new voice." -- People
"A nuanced addition to the #MeToo conversation." -- Vice

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 fourteen to seventeen 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.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781534414433
Characteristics: 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Abelson, Jenn - Author


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After enduring a sexual assault by a classmate at her New England prep school followed by a very public trial, Chessy Prout shares her experiences in this inspiring memoir that aims to empower other survivors. If you’re looking for a fiction book on this timely topic, try Brendan Kiely’s Tradition.

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