After Chessy Prout was sexually assaulted as a 15-year-old freshman at an elite boarding school, she bravely reported her attacker to police and testified against the popular senior in a trial that attracted international attention.
Her willingness to stand up to the school’s toxic culture and pursue justice resulted in swift backlash: girls shunned her, boys bullied her, and school leaders tried to intimidate her.
The support Chessy received from her family and social justice advocates helped the teenager turn her pain into power — a poignant journey that embodies tikkun olam. At age 17, Chessy broke her silence on the Today Show to let other young survivors know they are not alone. She launched the #IHaveTheRightTo campaign to encourage people to claim their rights to their bodies and their voices, and to stand together in support of victims of sexual violence.
This memoir explores the role of family, faith, and forgiveness in overcoming trauma. Chessy ultimately finds strength in educating teens about consent and empowering them to use their voices to heal the world.