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I Have the Right to: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Prout, Chessy, Abelson, Jenn (Conductor)

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ISBN: 1534414444     ISBN-13: 9781534414440
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: March 2019

Annotation: “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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rape victims; United States; Biography.
Sexual abuse victims; United States; Biography.
High school students; Sexual behavior; United States.
Dewey: 362.88/3092
LCCN: 2017043982
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (0.75 lbs) 404 pages
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
With Jenn Abelson. The teen author details her life before and after she was raped by a classmate. Prout provides a captivating but troubling insider's view of the dangerous student culture at an elite boarding school as well as a sympathetic portrayal of the wide-ranging consequences of reporting assault. Although her emotional memoir is perhaps over-long, Prout's transformation from survivor to activist is powerful and moving. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

In this honest and raw memoir, Prout shares her experience as a 15-year-old victim of sexual assault by an older student at New Hampshire's St. Paul's School in 2014. With a sometimes confusing structure, Prout chronicles her first (and final) year at the boarding school. Leading up to the assault, she writes about battling homesickness, navigating a rocky friendship, and struggling to find her place at a school where, she perceives, "everything was about status, tradition, and hierarchy—and guys ruled all three." She also reflects on surviving a terrifying earthquake in Tokyo in 2011, where she temporarily lived with her family. Prout's descriptions of her assault and its crushing emotional aftermath (involving self-doubt, guilt, shame, peer ostracizing, and cyber-bullying) and the agonizing, widely publicized trial that resulted in her assailant's conviction on some, but not all, charges brought against him, are wrenching and painful. Readers will take away a deep appreciation and admiration for Prout's resilience as she transitions into a resolute crusader for the empowerment of victims of sexual violence—and for its prevention. Ages 14-up. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.
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