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St. Paul’s School abuse survivor to attend State of the Union address

Chessy Prout in 2016.
Darron R. Silva for the Boston Globe
Chessy Prout in 2016.

A high profile sexual assault survivor will be attending President Trump’s first State of the Union address tonight.

Democratic New Hampshire Representative Annie Kuster announced last week that she will be bringing Chessy Prout with her to the speech as her guest, citing her “incredible strength and courage.”

St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., recently announced it has settled a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect Prout from assault by a fellow student as part of a conquest ritual.

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Prout was a 15-year-old freshman at St. Paul’s School in Concord when she accused senior Owen Labrie of sexually assaulting her in 2014. She says Kuster’s “a fierce champion for survivors.” Prout says she'll show support for fellow survivors of sexual assault by wearing all black at the State of the Union.

‘‘The conversation about sexual harassment and assault in our nation is long overdue, but through the efforts of Chessy and the #MeToo movement, it is finally gaining steam,’’ Kuster said.