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I Have The Right To

Release Date: 11/18/2019
Expiration Date: 11/18/2022
Originally presented at the NASN2019 Annual Conference.

Cost: $20.00 / FREE for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will receive 1.5 CNE contact hours.

As a content warning, this educational activity will deal with the topics of sexual assault and traumatic stress.
Program Overview
Washington Post reporter Jenn Abelson will lead a conversation with advocate and author Chessy Prout on her journey as a high school survivor of sexual assault. This talk will explore the struggles teenagers face in speaking out, how to respond to survivors, and ways to upend rape culture. They will dive deep into the challenges young survivors face, including the lack of support from the school community and barriers to accessing resources. Chessy will talk about the first trauma she suffered in the wake of the 2011 earthquake in Japan when her family fled their home in Tokyo. She will detail her ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression and her experiences with the nursing and health center staff before and after her sexual assault. In addition, Chessy will share her experiences with a sexual assault nurse examiner and a child advocacy center in New Hampshire. Jenn and Chessy will explain how educators, health professionals, and other members of the school community helped and hurt the teenager's healing journey. Chessy will talk about her pursuit of justice and describe some of the key lessons she's learned: there is no perfect victim; rape is not a punishment for poor judgement; and survivors can find strength through their vulnerabilities. Chessy and Jenn will discuss their work together writing a book and how it has changed their lives. They will also highlight Chessy's efforts to engage students in conversations about consent and healthy relationships.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Support young survivors of sexual assault and help them access health resources.
  • Create a school culture that values transparency and advocacy, consent, respect, and healthy relationships.
  • Improve responses to victims of sexual assault and other gender‐based crimes.
  • Teach survivors how to turn their trauma into a force for good.

Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child and adolescent health.

Chessy Prout
Co‐author and Co‐founder
I Have the Right To

Jenn Abelson
Investigative Journalist
I Have the Right To

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational session content is free of commercial bias and influence. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The nurse planner, faculty and reviewers disclose the absence of personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this educational activity within the past 12 months.

Accreditation Statement
National Association of School Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NASN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed in this learning activity.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding
This program did not receive commercial support or grant funding.

Instructions to Complete This CNE Activity
To receive a Certificate of Completion for this course, follow the steps below, and complete and view the full content of the program including the course evaluation.

NASN will conduct an outcome assessment of a sample of participants at a later date. Please be advised that, if you complete this course, you may be asked to participate in this outcome assessment.

Step 1: Enroll in the course through the e-commerce system. Select the Purchase button. You will be directed to the e-commerce system. The item should already be in your shopping cart (look for the shopping cart icon at the top of the e-commerce web page). The cost for this course will be waived for NASN members during the checkout process.

Step 2: Complete and view the full content of the program. Content items are indexed at the bottom of this screen. After you enroll, you will return to this screen. The first content item will be “unlocked” so that you can begin completing the course. Subsequent items will “unlock” as you complete previous items.

Step 3: Print the certificate.