"I want everyone to know that I am not afraid or ashamed anymore, and I never should have been", she tells Today of the May 2014 assault.
When she appeared on the stand anonymously last summer, Prout described the email from Labrie asking her out on a date that she expected would go no further than a kiss.
"I feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me", she said.
"They let those boys go up there and make a joke about consent and the age".
Jurors convicted Labrie previous year of misdemeanor sex assault charges and a felony charge of using a computer to lure the student. Labrie was sentenced to one year in prison, but was released after serving two months. Chessy's parents said they loved the school until it became apparent to them the institution's reputation was more important than their daughter's experience. "But if they're going to treat this topic as a joke, this is not a place I want to be", she said.
The Prout family has since filed a civil suit against the school.
Prout hopes to continue to empower others to be autonomous over their own bodies; she started a trending campaign with another survivor under the hashtag, #IHaveTheRightTo, to inspire survivors to share their stories and not feel ashamed or silenced. "She will try to give me the biggest hug" to console her. "She never asked to be a victim and she never asked to be put in the national spotlight, but as a result of the trial, she was, and I think it's extraordinary how she, in turn, chose to use that spotlight to raise victims' voices everywhere". "Because if he doesn't learn, he will do it to another young woman".
"Everybody pretty much knew", she said.
In a statement, the school said it admires Prout's courage and condemns unkind behavior toward her.
Prout is partnering with a group called PAVE-Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment-to prevent sexual assault on campuses.
A prestigious New Hampshire prep school is denying there is a tradition of sexual assault at the school but acknowledged it has learned from the case of a student who was assaulted during a game of sexual conquest there in 2014. "Once the report was made to police, people started to figure it out and she started to feel retaliation", the victim's attorney, Steven J. Kelly, told The Huffington Post in June. "This fresh look has brought about positive changes at the School". None of my old friends that were boys would talk to me...
The 17-year-old said she locks herself in the closet because she doesn't want her little sister to see her when she has panic attacks, but that the younger girl will open the door and say, "Chessie, you're OK". "And nobody was talking about the issue in itself, and they weren't trying to prevent it from happening to anyone else". "I have the right to say no'".
"A question I was asked on the stand was 'Well, why were you so hazy during that period?' I looked at the defense attorney in disbelief and said, 'I was raped.' I was just trying to go smoothly and not cause any waves.""I have the right to say no, '" Chessy said during Tuesday's interview.