Owen Labrie’s victim, Chessy Prout, has spoken out against the man who sexually assaulted her when she was just 15! The former St. Paul student, who until recently remained nameless to the public, appeared on the ‘Today’ show on Aug. 30 to reveal her side of the horrific story.
It’s been two years since Owen Labrie, 20, sexually assaulted his 15-year old schoolmate. Chessy Prout spoke out for the FIRST time on NBC’s Today show on Aug. 30 since she was sexually assaulted on campus at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. In her sit-down interview with Savannah Guthrie, Chessy opened up about the horrific time in her life, only briefly tearing up while recalling panic attacks she had afterward.
“It’s been more than two years since the whole ordeal and I feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me and I’m going to make sure that other people, other girls and other boys, don’t have to be ashamed either,” the 17-year-old explained.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 30, 2016
“Although it was scary, although it was pretty difficult, I wouldn’t be where I am today without having been able to speak up for myself during that time,” Chessy continued. She added that it “frustrated” her that Owen’s legal team claimed he didn’t assault her knowingly, and that her goal for the future is to help others who have gone through similar ordeals. She’s started by creating the hashtag #IHaveTheRightTo, which she hopes people will contribute to online. Watch the entire interview above.
Chessy was a new student at St. Paul when she was approached by Owen, an upperclassmen at the time, who raped her as part of an online “sex game,” according to NY Daily News. Owen was found guilty on three different counts just days after graduating from the prep school — misdemeanor sexual assault, illegal use of computer services, and endangering the welfare of a child. The girl’s parents have since sued St. Paul for failing to protect their daughter on campus grounds.
In a shocking turn of events, Owen was RELEASED from jail in May, after sitting behind bars for ONLY two months! His original sentence was a year! He was released on bail after Merrimack County Judge Larry Smukler stated that Owen had “learned his lesson.” WHAT THE HECK! While Chessy tries to put the past behind her, it’s important to recognize that her story shines a spotlight on the justice system and how warped it can be.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Owen’s release, is it much too soon?