Chessy Prout


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Chessy Prout is a high school sexual assault survivor. Raised in Japan, Chessy matriculated to St. Paul’s School—a boarding school in New Hampshire, where her father and sister attended. There, as a freshman, Chessy was the victim of a sexual assault. Chessy’s case and eventual trial garnered national and international media attention, as her assault was part of a ritual competition at the school called the “Senior Salute.” Two years later, in Chessy’s pursuit for justice, she decided to step forward publicly in August 2016 and launched the #IHaveTheRightTo initiative with the organization PAVE, for which she is an ambassador. In this initiative Chessy encourages survivors and others to assert their most important, basic rights, and uses he ...more

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“I was too trusting, too naive. I felt like it was all my fault. It would take me years to accept what now seems obvious: rape is not a punishment for poor judgement.”
Chessy Prout, I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

“We can change the laws, but what really needs to change is the culture of sexual violence. That begins with conversations and the strength to speak the truth to power...”
Chessy Prout, I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

“the words”
Chessy Prout, I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

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