While our counseling and support groups are geared towards anyone over the age of 14, we can engage in our advocacy work with all of the clients and families that we serve. The Rowan Center’s counselor/advocates work to address the needs of victims through advocacy. This advocacy can take many different forms depending on the needs of clients locally, across Connecticut and nationally.
After a sexual assault, victims and their families often have to navigate complex systems and institutions that they are not accustomed to dealing with – this may include police departments, hospitals, courthouses, therapist referrals, etc. The Rowan Center’s counselor/advocates can help navigate these systems and help to ensure that their needs are being met. The Rowan Center’s counselor/advocates are here to help child, teen and adult victims and their families navigate: forensic medical exams, making a police report, investigations, court proceedings, victim’s compensation etc. Our counselor/advocates will provide information to victims about these systems and help to keep them as informed as possible. We feel that our clients are empowered by knowing their rights and what services are available to them.
The Rowan Center is part of a state-wide network of sexual assault crisis centers which are linked together by the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Through this state-wide network and staying involved at the national level, we work together to identify barriers, challenges and gaps in services for survivors of sexual violence so that we can remove them. An example of this work is in our legislative efforts, where each year The Rowan Center works with Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence to either propose or support legislation that affects the lives of victims and their families.