The victim in the St. Paul's sex abuse case is speaking out for the first time in an exclusive interview on the Today Show Tuesday morning.
A year after she took the stand in Merrimack County Superior Court, the teenager is expected to talk about what it was like to testify against Owen Labrie and how she was treated on the New Hampshire campus after the 2014 assault.
Lyn Schollett, the executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, says most victims don't even report to police, never mind take their story to a national stage.
"A statement of bravery and it's something that works for her and we support her," Schollett said.
Tomorrow on TODAY...@SavannahGuthrie exclusive interview with victim in St. Paul Prep School assault case. https://t.co/rcJT1xwSsD— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 29, 2016
The girl was a freshman at the time of the assault, 15 years old and coerced by a 19-year-old senior to have sex in a secluded room at St. Paul's. The high-profile case attracted worldwide attention, Schollett says, making it even more difficult for Labrie's victim.
"Many sex assault victims, like the one in this case, experience shaming, blaming, public ridicule even being targeted by bullies when they are public," Schollett said.
Schollett says Tuesday's interview could bring even more criticism, but that in this case, the rewards outweigh the risks.
"It empowers the victim, it allows a survivor of an incredible violent crime to take back the power that was taken away from them," Schollett said.
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The victim's parents filed a civil suit against St, Paul's School in June for allegedly failing to protect their daughter.
Meanwhile, Owen Labrie has filed a motion for a new trial claiming ineffective counsel.
His attorney told necn Monday they have no comment regarding the Today Show interview.