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Gathering of the Groups with Chessy Prout, Author of I Have the Right To
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The Fayetteville Public Library will host the annual Gathering of the Groups with featured speakers, Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson, on Friday, October 25th at 11:30 a.m. in the Walker Community Room. The Gathering of the Groups is open to all members of Northwest Arkansas book groups. The program is free and a light lunch will be provided. Registration is required and begins October 1st.
I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope is being read throughout Northwest Arkansas as part of the One Book, One Coumminity Project. For further information on all events related to this program, visit the program's website.
Chessy Prout was a 15-year-old student at a prestigious New England boarding school in 2014 when she was sexually assaulted by Owen Labrie, a popular senior at the school. She reported the attack and Labrie was arrested and charged. The ensuing trial revealed a rape culture at the school that included a student "ritual" involving senior boys trying to "score" with younger girls before graduation. In I Have the Right To, Prout tells her story again, in often wrenching detail - but she also looks forward in the book - advocating for a cultural change and a "Bill of Rights" for sexual assault survivors.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing following the discussion.