Aug 30, 2016 8:27 AM
In an interview with the "TODAY" show, Owen Labrie's victim revealed her identity and opened up about a campaign she has launched for sexual assault survivors.
Francesca "Chessy" Prout said the campaign #IHavetheRightTo lets other victims know they "don't have to be ashamed."
Late last week, St. Paul's School filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking for her name to be revealed if the family moved forward with their civil lawsuit against the prestigious prep school. Prout's parents had agreed to be named.
St. Paul's has continued to deny that the school promotes an unsafe environment.
"We believe this lawsuit is without merit, and we plan to vigorously defend ourselves. We categorically reject any allegations that St. Paul's School has an unhealthy culture. The safety of our students has been and will continue to be the highest priority for our School," the school said in a statement on June 1.
Prout in the interview on Tuesday said when she returned to school many people wouldn't talk to her and she still has panic attacks. She was 15 years old at the time of the sexual encounter, which was said to be part of the "Senior Salute." Her parents hope the interview will help others at the school avoid the same fate.
Labrie, who was 18 at the time of the sexual encounter, was convicted in August 2015 of certain use of a computer prohibited, endangering the welfare of a child and statutory rape. He has appealed his conviction and has separately asked for a new trial, claiming ineffective counsel. Labrie was released on bail from the Merrimack County Department of Corrections on May 19 where he was met by his father. Under his bail conditions, Labrie must return to his home in Tunbridge, Vt., and he must wear an electronic monitoring device.
Prout on Tuesday said she hopes her message will help others avoid becoming victims.
"If he doesn't learn, he'll do it to another young woman," she said during the "TODAY" interview. "I have the right to my body. I have the right to say, 'no.'"
Prout's campaign is a partnership with PAVE-Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment.
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