PBS and NPR for Southwest Florida
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

SWFL Teen Sexual Assault Survivor Publishes Memoir

Rachel Iacovone
Community School of Naples grad Chessy Prout's memoir, "I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope"

The entire nation seems to be talking about sexual assault with the rise of the #MeToo movement. But, today, we’re talking with a young survivor, who was assaulted when she was only 15.

If you think that’s uncommon, you may be surprised to hear the latest numbers show nearly one in five girls between the ages of 14 and 17 have been the victim of completed or attempted sexual assault.

So, today’s show may be best to sit down and listen to later, together, when you can have these conversations with your daughters – and with your sons – as a family. 

Chessy Prout is a recent graduate of Community School of Naples. She’s taken her survival story to the page in her memoir, “I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope.”

She joins Gulf Coast Live with her co-author Jenn Abelson, a reporter on the Boston Globe's Spotlight team.

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.