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NH Sex Assault Survivor Wants to ‘Reclaim’ Her Name

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A former student who was sexually assaulted at a New Hampshire prep school by a fellow classmate says she is sharing her experience in a memoir to "reclaim" her own name.

Chessy Prout appeared Monday morning on the "Today" show to talk about her book, "I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope," which is due out Tuesday.

The 19-year-old told host Hoda Kotb that she "wasn't given the luxury of staying quiet. My name was blasted on the internet. There were hate sites written about me. So I decided to kind of reclaim my name, reclaim my story, because it is difficult for a survivor to come forward like this."

Prout was a 15-year-old freshman at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, when she was assaulted by classmate Owen Labrie in 2014 in a game of "sexual conquest."

Labrie was found guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment. He was acquitted on three counts of felony sexual assault.

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