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

by Chessy Prout, Jenn Abelson


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I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exellent book. As a survivor myself, I could relate to all the emotions.
SF92 More than 1 year ago
[Copied from my Goodreads review of the same book] A very important read. Reveals the absolutely appalling culture of sexual conquest and male privilege at private boarding schools, and the inexcusable failure of those schools to protect their young female students. Very well-written, hard-hitting, and hair-raising. I felt sick to my stomach reading the parts about the school telling students to report criminal activity using hypotheticals (presumably in order to avoid forcing staff and faculty to report it to the police), and the parts about the trial itself, where it was revealed that Owen and his mouth-breathing rich male friends had been plotting to "get" Chessy for nearly half a year. Chessy, if you're reading this, thank you so incredibly much for your witness. I am a SPS Advanced Studies Program alum, so while I know the campus and the city that you describe as intimately as you do, my experience there was completely different than yours, and I am deeply saddened and horrified that that gorgeous campus, which holds so many beloved memories for me, was a living hell for you. I'm so sorry this happened to you. I'm forever grateful to you for rising above it, and for stepping forward, speaking up, enduring the medical, legal, social, and psychological aftermath of it all with such poise and grace. Thank you for turning your horrific experience into something beautiful, healing, and positive for other victims who have been silenced. Thank you for using your resources and your agency to break the cycle and end the victim-blaming and darkness surrounding rape culture. You have the right to fight for justice for survivors. We all have the right to.
Reviews-By-Ann More than 1 year ago
Some stories need to be told. Thank you Chessy and Jenn for your courage and hard work. I was shocked that a rape victim would be further victimized by her peers. It boggles the mind that parents would donate thousands of dollars to pay for an accused rapists' legal fees. I was also stunned by how difficult it is to win a sexual assault conviction, even with physical evidence, how a victim's life is embroiled in the legal proceedings for years. The memoir is well-written, captivating, and evocative without being sensationalized. It is also a sad commentary on our society's treatment of women and victims of sexual assault. Still, the reader is left with the sense that Chessy is an over-comer whose story will affect our society for good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows us how much work there is to do today for the future of preventing more victims. I really appreciate the strength Chessy. I didn't agree with the bashing of OUR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. That part could have been left out without hurting anything!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago