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

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Reprint)

By Prout, Chessy
By Abelson, Jenn

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A young survivor tells her searing, visceral story of sexual assault, justice, and healing in this gut-wrenching memoir, putting a magnifying glass to a society that blames victims rather than attackers, while offering real, powerful solutions to upending rape culture.

ISBN 9781534414440
Barcode 9781534414440
Published 1 March 2019 by Simon & Schuster
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Reprint
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ISBN-13 9781534414440
ISBN-10 1534414444
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Simon & Schuster
Publication Date 1 March 2019
International Publication Date 5 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Reprint
Edition Reprint
Author(s) By Prout, Chessy
By Abelson, Jenn
Category History
Social Studies
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Personal Awareness: Safety Matters
Human Geography / Peoples Of The World
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 331g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 5-8 years
Library of Congress Rape victims - Biography - United States, Sexual abuse victims - Biography - United States, High school students - Sexual behavior - United States, Sex crimes - United States, Rape victims - United States
NBS Text Young Adult General Interest & Leisure
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 362.883092
Catalogue Code 961731

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A new, bold voice. --People Magazine A nuanced addition to the #MeToo conversation. --VICE * Readers will instantly connect with Prout's genuineness and her candor...This outstanding memoir is a must for YA collections. --School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW Heartbreaking. --The Boston Globe An unfiltered look into [Chessy's] assault, the high-profile criminal trial and her decision to go public. The memoir [will take] readers on an emotional journey. --The Concord Monitor Honest and raw....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. --Publishers Weekly Both heartbreaking and hopeful, an honest and frank testimony; it is an important (if difficult) read that acts as both an eye-opener and a call to action. --Shelf Awareness for Readers * Candid and inspiring...Powerful, essential reading for all high school and college students, parents, and educators. --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

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Author's Bio

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 her voice to let other survivors know that you are not alone. Jenn Abelson is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. Before joining The Washington Post, she worked as a journalist for The Boston Globe Spotlight Team. Her investigations have exposed sexual assault at prep schools, doctors secretly performing two surgeries at the same time, and the widespread mislabeling of fish in the restaurant industry. In 2015, she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work on Shadow Campus, a series about dangerous off-campus college housing. Jenn grew up in New York, attended Cornell University, and lives in Washington, DC.

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