Following her appearance on 'Today,' Chessy Prout and Angela Rose announce partnership in social media campaign outlining a survivor's bill of rights
Tuesday morning, nearly two years after being assaulted, 17-year-old Chessy Prout came forward to share her survival story with millions in an emotional exclusive "Today Show" interview with Savannah Guthrie. Shedding her anonymity, Prout bravely told her story of being sexually assaulted by a classmate at the prestigious St. Paul School, the trial that followed, and what is just the beginning of her recovery process.
Prout has partnered with fellow sexual assault survivor and advocate, Angela Rose, and her nonprofit organization PAVE (Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment) on a campaign to raise awareness and create a victim's bill of rights. The "I Have The Right To" (#IHaveTheRightTo) campaign launches today and engages participants on social media, letting them start the conversation about sexual assault and bullying in high school.
Rose said, "PAVE is honored to work with Chessy and her family on the launch of the #IHaveTheRightTo campaign. So often, sexual assault survivors are met with shame, and not believed, especially in high schools where bullying and re-victimization is pervasive. It is our goal to empower survivors to speak up, rally community support, and prevent future sexual assaults from taking place.
"I founded PAVE after being sexually assaulted at 17 years old, and I understand what it took for Chessy to come forward and share her story. PAVE and is extremely grateful to be able to support her."
To participate in the '#IHaveTheRightTo' campaign:
PAVE is a 501(c)3 organization whose goal is "shattering the silence of sexual violence." Rose founded PAVE after being kidnapped and sexually assaulted at age 17.