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Prep School Sex Assault Survivor to Attend State of the Union With NH Lawmaker



    St. Paul’s School Confirms Claims of Sexual Misconduct in Report

    St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, released a report Monday detailing allegations against a dozen men and one woman who worked at the school between 1952 and 1999. The list includes former teachers, chaplains and an admissions officer. (Published Monday, May 22, 2017)

    The survivor of a 2014 sex assault case at a prestigious New Hampshire prep school will be attending the State of the Union with a local lawmaker.

    Chessy Prout, who was sexually assaulted during a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School in Concord, will be attending the president’s address with Democratic New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster.

    "Proud to have @Chessy_Prout join me for #SOTU tonight as my guest," Kuster tweeted Tuesday. "Chessy is an amazing advocate for survivors of sexual violence & her presence is a signal that this national movement will continue to grow & succeed. #MeToo #IHavetheRightTo #TimesUp."

    Prout was 15 years old when she said she was coerced by the then-18-year-old Owen Labrie to have sex in a secluded room.

    Owen Labrie Asks For New Trial

    [NECN] Owen Labrie Asks For New Trial

    The New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting an underage student said nothing as he left Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017)

    Labrie was convicted in August 2015 on three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault, felony illegal use of computer services and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. He was acquitted on three counts of felony sexual assault.

    Prosecutors tied the assault to the "Senior Salute," a competition in which seniors at the school sought to have sex with underclassmen. He was sentenced to a year behind bars and probation. Labrie is currently appealing his sentence.

    Kuster joined Prout last year for a discussion on how to end sexual violence. She also launched a congressional Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence.

    Prout's invitation to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address comes amid an ongoing national reckoning called the #MeToo movement, which started amid sexual misconduct allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Trump himself was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women while on the campaign trail in 2016.

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