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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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.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781534414433
Branch Call Number: 921 Prout
Description: 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Abelson, Jenn


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CarleeMcDot Jul 30, 2018

I don't remember how I came across this book, maybe it was simply one of the newer titles that was available on audiobook when I was looking at the library. I grabbed it so I could listen to it on the drive home from the San Francisco Marathon Sunday morning. This was a difficult book it listen to, but one that is extremely important. Chessy (who also reads the book) is a rape survivor and tells her story from start to present - because, let's be real, being a survivor will never end for her. Not only was Chessy extremely brave for going through with the prosecution of her rapist, but she has since become an advocate of change and one taking on the rape culture that is so engrained in society (especially the upper-class, white, entitled tier of society). This book looks at not only the assault, but the fallout that occurred afterwards (with everything from her friends at school to her parents' jobs). This is an extremely important issue that we need to be talking about and we need to be addressing. Major props to Chessy for being brave and reclaiming her life - and for making a difference in the world! I would give it an 8 out of 10.


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