I Have the Right to

I Have the Right to

A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

eBook - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781534414457
Branch Call Number: 921 Prout
Description: 1 online resource
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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