Jenn Abelson

Journalist, Author

Jenn Abelson is an award-winning investigative reporter for the Boston Globe's Spotlight Team. She has exposed sexual abuse at private schools, surgeons secretly operating on two patients at the same time, and dangerous college housing. 

Upcoming book events with Jenn Abelson:

10/4: Books on the Square, Providence, RI, 7pm

10/11: Belmont Books, Belmont, MA, 7 pm

10/13: Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA 10 am

10/24: Reading Public Library, Reading, MA, 7pm

11/4: Jewish Book Fair, Detroit, MI

11/10: Jewish Book Fair, Houston TX

Jenn is available for in-person events and virtual visits with students in grades 6-12, educators, and other adult audiences. Jenn can speak on the topics of investigating sexual misconduct, her life as a journalist and path to becoming part of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, and how to tell important stories. To request an appearance, please email her at jenn.abelson at  

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Praise for I Have The Right To

"Powerful, essential reading for all high school and college students, parents, and educators." - Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will take away a deep appreciation and admiration for Prout's resilience as she transitions into a resolute crusader for the empowerment of victims of sexual violence—and for its prevention." - Publisher's Weekly

"A new, bold voice and teen activist for other young women." - People Magazine

"Prout’s ability to transform so much of her pain into action and hope for not just herself, but for so many other survivors, is incredibly empowering." - Ms. Magazine

"A book by someone so young, so soon after the fact, provides a nuanced addition to the #MeToo conversation." - VICE

"This is an outstanding examination of rape culture, injustice, and privilege." - School Library Journal

"The memoir is both heartbreaking and hopeful, an honest and frank testimony; it is an important (if difficult) read that acts as both an eye-opener and a call to action." - Shelf Awareness

"Powerful" -- Boston Globe