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

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

4.46404 votes • 87 reviews
Published 06 Mar 2018
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Format Hardcover
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN 1534414436

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 unfathomable 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 attackers, while offering real, powerful solutions to upending 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.

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

Fri, 09 Mar 2018

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.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018

I've never read a memoir before but this one sucked me in immediately.
This is Chessy Prout's recollection of her life leading up to her very-much-in-the-spolight prep-school sexual assault. Prout is very raw and real in telling her story before, during, and after said assault.
As a survivor, I appreciate this narrative so, so much. I saw myself in Prout and it made me feel a little less crazy for certain feelings and actions that I experience now.
If you're curious as to why I'm only giving it 4 stars, it's only because I wasn't a fan of the pacing towards the end, but I am looking forward to keeping an eye on her and her accomplishments in the future.
Thank you, Chessy, for standing up and telling your story. You inspire me.

- Brooklyn, NY
Tue, 27 Feb 2018

Read this for work: powerful, enraging, inspiring. I am in awe of Chessy Prout.

- Ewa Beach, HI
Tue, 12 Jun 2018

A week ago, I was looking at the bookshelf in Target, searching for more Young Adult novels, as possible texts for my students. I came across this book, and some unknown force gravitated me toward it. Once I read the inside sleeve and learned what this book was, I knew that as an English teacher, it is my responsibility to read this book.
I’m not going to try to write fancy. Chessy can speak for herself, as she proves with this memoir. It was wonderfully written. This is a hard kind of book to say that I “liked,” because I can’t say that I enjoyed the fact that this wonderful young lady has been put through what she has been put through. She is a survivor, and she is sharing her narrative with us to raise awareness.
However, rape culture is something that is very real. I never knew how deep it is ingrained within the cultural fabric of institution as it is. I was not aware of rape being a sick sadistic “sport” perpetrated unto those who become survivors. I am mortified and pissed at the same time. I am certainly grateful for this memoir for opening my eyes and making me aware of this mindset and behavior.
It is the responsibility of all teachers, parents, and administrators to read this memoir; and act to speak up, protect, support, and ultimately teach all of our students to respect the rights of one another.

- New York, NY
Sun, 11 Mar 2018

A must read. This should be mandatory educational reading in schools. What a brave, inspiring young woman. Thank you for sharing your story.

- Salt Lake City, UT
Fri, 09 Mar 2018

As a dad to girls, it’s a tough read due to the subject matter but also very important. It’s raw and much more than “here’s what happened to me.” Chessy’s voice as a teen survivor is one of hope, while filled with honesty about the pain and challenges she faced through every aspect of the process. Given it’s tough content, I think it’s important for parents of pre-teens or younger teens to read it first or along with their children. For teens, I think Chessy’s courage and the way she frames the issue is well done — especially that she points out that there’s no such thing as a “perfect survivor.”
I hope school administrators, parents, teachers, policy makers and young people all read this book. It’s also something that our young men need to read so that they understand the consequences of their actions on the lives of others.