WATCH: Rape Survivor Chessy Prout Speaks Out

The New Hampshire student who was sexually assaulted in 2014 by an upperclassman at an elite prep school when she was 15 has spoken out for the first time, saying she is “not afraid or ashamed any more, and I never should have been.”

Chessy Prout, who is now 17, spoke out to the Today Show on Tuesday, because she said she doesn’t “want anyone else to be alone.”

Prout was raped at St. Paul’s School by then-18-year-old Owen Labrie, who was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and a felony charge of computer-related seduction. Labrie was sentenced to one year in prison, but remains free on bail while he appeals the convictions.

“I want other people to feel empowered and just strong enough to be able to say, ‘I have the right to my body. I have the right to say no,” Prout said. “I just can’t imagine how scary it is for other people to have to do this alone, and I don’t want anybody else to be alone anymore.”

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Chessy Prout. (Today Show/Youtube)

Prout told Today that she had to leave the school, and now she wants to help others who have survived the same trauma.

“There was just no recognition that I had gone through something like this,” Prout said. “And that is one of the reasons why we’re pushing for change.”

Her family is suing the school. She claims the assault was part of a “Senior Salute” ritual, in which upperclassman boys competed to have sex with as many underclassmen girls as possible before graduation.

“It’s been two years now since the whole ordeal, and I feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me and make sure other people, other girls and boys, don’t need to be ashamed, either,” Prout said.

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Owen Labrie. (Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office)

Prout told Today she and her family were willing to avoid a trial if Labrie had apologized.

“We had been prepared to just receive an apology letter,” she said. “We had been prepared to finish this and just move forward with our lives and let them move forward with their lives, but, you know what, in the pursuit of justice I would’ve done anything.”

Prout said she hopes Labrie learned his lesson.

“I hope he gets help,” Prout said. “And that’s all I can ever hope for in any sort of process like this. Because if he doesn’t learn, he will do it to another young woman.”

St. Paul’s School issued a statement to Today:

As was the case when the survivor was a student here and subsequently, the School admires her courage and condemns unkind behavior toward her. We feel deeply for her and her family. We have always placed the safety and well-being of our students first and are confident that the environment and culture of the school have supported that. We categorically deny that there ever existed at the School a culture or tradition of sexual assault. However, there’s no denying the survivor’s experience caused us to look anew at the culture and environment. This fresh look has brought about positive changes at the School.

The school argued earlier this month in federal court that the victim and her family should not be able to sue them anonymously, claiming they are attacking the school’s reputation “from behind a cloak of anonymity.”

During Tuesday’s interview, Prout’s mother, Susan, said, “Unfortunately, it seems like the school’s reputation became more important than supporting our daughter.”

19 Comments

19 Comments

Lowell

Yeah, just watched her blather on. Read more about her and you’ll know this is all her telling a story that people want to believe. Another false accusation

Da Truth from Frostee

“Chessy Prout” snicker. Even her name sounds fake.

Stephan Jarrett

The jury found she lied at the trial. She agreed to the sex, told the nurse the day after that she agreed. You’d know this if you followed the case.

Anonymous

Good for you, Chessy!! Obviously, that ugly dweeb never could have been with a woman through normal means. He won’t get help. His parents will bail him out of any fix he gets himself into. This won’t be the last time. Does he at least have to register as a sex offender? Hope so. Stay empowered and brave, girl!

The Truth Sets Frostee Free

“Rape Survivor” Oh Please. Well you fell for the “Oh poor me” play. She probably has a GoFundMe account to take further advantage of the general public right? Most women ask for it anyway and most guys like us do “pay” for it. One way or another we pay for pussy. It’s a sad fact of life.

Anonymous

you are disgusting^^ maybe Karma find your daughter or sister or you for that matter.. slime

The Truth Sets Frostee Free

My name is Frostee, learn to fukking read. You talk pretty brave for some “Internet tough guy” hiding behind a computer. You wouldn’t say anything if you were in the same room as me unless you want to get slapped w/ your own keyboard and have “ASDF” tattooed to your head forever. It DIDN’T happen to my mom or daughter. That’s a fact. I am just offering facts. You are offering baloney.

Anonymous

And you, “Frostee” need to learn how to read. The anonymous poster said perhaps one day a relative of yours might have to deal with a similar tragedy; not that it already happened. And you too offer up baloney: “she probably has a gofundme account”. Lets stick to the facts baby boy.
If you were in the same room as me you would be nothing but a respectful good boy (did u see how to tough that made me look!? almost as tough as you hahaha)
The rest of your sorry drivel is not even worth responding to

The Truth Sets Frostee Free

Blah blah, another anonymous nothing w/ more nothing to say……….twirl finger in air here………..I am very underwhelmed LOL. Yeah, I might walk outside and turn into a turnip too…………NOT. I would describe myself but I don’t want to frighten you pussies. Quit while you’re ahead. Ohhhhhhhhhh btw shouldn’t you be washing some man’s clothes somewhere? Uh huh.

goobers-raisenets@hotmail.com

big brave fristee threatining people “behind his computer screen” – karma is a bitch and you had better hope that was a women you threatened cause a real man would knock you for a loop after kicking you square in the ball sack, then smack your sorry ass with your keyboard

goobers-raisenets@hotmail.com

you know you were born with an asshole – you dont need to act like one – effen idiot

Da Truth from Frostee

Wow! OMG ! OMG! Brilliant! I’ll have to print that out and staple it to my dick! LOL. Hope you didn’t fry too many neurons coming up w/ that. I wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself. LOL

Chillout

Frostee. u are a DICK……so just tape the print out on your forehead, ya know, as a reminder.

Stephan Jarrett

Did you follow the case? She agreed to have sex with him, told the nurse the next day that she agreed and it was consensual. The jury found Labrie not guilty of all 3 of the forced rape charges. Chessy lied and the jury saw right threw it. He was only found guilty because NH doesn’t have a romeo juliet exception to statutory rape charges. They were classmates who had consensual sex.

She is no victim, there was no crime, just two kids who had crushes on each other.