Joe Bliven

I Have The Right To
By Chessy Prout


July 16th, 2020

I have the right to is certainly more than what it presents itself as. This is the autobiography of a girl with a fascinating life. I think the most important part about this book is getting to know it's author. Towards the end of the book you begin to realize why this is so important. When she became the victim of a sexual assault so many people tried to rob her of her identity and for us to sympathize with her and understand her we can't separate her from her identity. She brings up how often the media portrays cases like hers as "star athlete accused of assault" it gives the abuser a face and robs the victim of theirs. This book can be tragic and very difficult to read at times because of the trauma the author experienced. You often want to jump in the pages of the book and scream at people to wake up and do the right thing. This book builds an amazing case for how normalized sexual assault is in our society and how our culture insulates and protects perpetrators while it attacks and defames victims. You see yourself in Chessy and you see your High School in hers. This book should hit close to home for anyone that went to high school or university in the U.S. even if your school wasn't quite as extreme as hers. This book gives the reader an excellent opportunity to ask yourself how you would react in these situations. Would you defend your friend if they were accused? Would you fight for your friend or acquaintance if they came forward and no one did anything about it? This book is an excellent examination of the every day injustices that are inherent in our culture and how our society continues to refuse to address them. If you are still confused about rape culture this book is a very enlightening work.