Chessy Prout's story of sexual assault, justice, hope and healing

Chessy Prout shares her survival story. (ABC7)

In 2014, at 15 years old, high school freshman Chessy Prout was sexually assaulted by a senior at the prestigious St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. Though she attempted to report the attack and testify anonymously, Chessy felt compelled to go public with her story amid backlash from her once-trusted community. Now 19, Chessy is sharing her journey with the new memoir, “I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope.” She shared her survival story with Adrianna.

St. Paul’s School provided the following statement:

"We fully support Chessy’s trailblazing work to give a voice to sexual assault victims. Chessy bravely stepped forward to address an issue important not just to schools, but to the entire country.

We’re proud of the culture we’ve built at our school and of our care for students. The school’s culture does not condone or tolerate what happened to Chessy. We teach students extensively about sexual assault prevention, and have strengthened our robust programs on health, wellbeing, and mutual respect.

We are dedicated to our mission of educating students in an environment that is safe and welcoming for everyone, and we are constantly working to improve it."

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