New Hampshire Student Claims Prep School Failed To Protect Her From Sexual Assault

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

A New Hampshire student filed a lawsuit claiming a private school failed to protect her from sexual assault, according to The Associated Press.

St. Paul’s School, an exclusive preparatory school in Concord, is accused of not taking action after then-freshman Chessy Prout claimed that she was raped by then-senior Owen Labrie in 2014, The AP reported.

Prout, 19, claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Labrie in a Senior Salute, a competition among high school seniors to have sex with freshmen. Prout’s parents previously filed suit, and Labrie was convicted of sexual assault in 2016.

Prout claims that when pressing that she was sexually assaulted to the school’s counselor, the counselor accused her of making up the story about being sexually assaulted by an upperclassman.

As a result, Prout allegedly began engaging in “risky behavior” and was later forced out of the school by administrators in 2014. She attended psychiatric counseling and eventually completed her high school degree from home, according to court documents, NBC reported. She is now seeking $450,000 from the school claiming that they intentionally caused her distress.

Michael Hirschfeld, one of St. Paul’s administrators named in the suit, “vehemently refutes” the allegations addressed. (RELATED: Center For American Progress Had An Internal Sexual Harassment Problem)

Prout also spoke out about the experience in a memoir titled “I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story Of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope.”

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