Chessy Prout

My name is Chessy Prout, and I am a recent high school graduate, volleyball enthusiast, music lover, author, and advocate. I became involved with PAVE in August of 2016 when I decided to shatter my silence on the Today Show. When I was a 15 year old freshman at St. Paul’s School, I was sexually assaulted as a part of a senior rite of passage called the “Senior Salute”. One of the things that stuck with me the most after my assault was that I didn’t know that what had happened to me was against the law. When I told my story on the Today Show, I introduced the #IHaveTheRightTo social media campaign with PAVE, encouraging people, young and old, to claim their rights. I wrote a book published by Simon and Schuster called I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope, with Boston Globe Spotlight writer Jenn Abelson that launched March of 2018. I feel that I have the right to speak out about what happened to me without feeling shame, but that I also have the responsibility to help others do the same.

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