Chessy Prout, who came forward in 2016 as the survivor at the center of the St. Paul’s sexual assault case, is attending President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday as the guest of New Hampshire Rep. Ann McLane Kuster.
Since identifying herself in an interview on the Today show, Prout has been a vocal advocate for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, starting the online campaign #IHaveTheRightTo and serving as an ambassador for PAVE, Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment.
“I’ve been inspired by the incredible strength and courage of Chessy Prout as she has grown into a strong advocate on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and harassment,” Kuster said on Facebook. “I’m excited to host Chessy at the State of the Union to stand in solidarity with survivors across the country. The conversation about sexual harassment and assault in our nation is long overdue but through the efforts of Chessy and the #MeToo movement it is finally gaining steam. This is more than a moment, it’s a movement.”
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Prout was a 15-year-old freshman when she accused classmate Owen Labrie of sexually assaulting her in 2014 during a game of sexual conquest. Her parents sued the Concord school in 2016. St. Paul’s settled earlier this month.
Prout is writing a book titled, “I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope,’’ with Boston Globe reporter Jenn Abelson, a member of the newspaper’s Spotlight team. It will be published in March.