Teen survivor and advocate Chessy Prout will talk about her new memoir, "I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope," with co-author Jenn Abelson, an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe Spotlight Team. After Chessy was sexually assaulted as a 15-year-old freshman at her high school, she testified against her attacker and won a conviction in a criminal trial. Chessy shed her anonymity to let other survivors know they are not alone and launched the #IHaveTheRightTo campaign to encourage people to stand with victims of sexual violence. Chessy will discuss her advocacy work with PAVE, a victim empowerment group that has helped survivors like Emily Doe and Andrea Constand. Chessy and Jenn will be signing copies of the book purchased at the event.
PAVE founder Angela Rose will talk about next steps for community members to make a difference.