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Amid Weinstein fallout, more sexual assault victims empowered to speak out

The Advocate , October 22, 2017

Amid Weinstein fallout, more sexual assault victims empowered to speak out

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The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Address Consent, Bystander Intervention, Safety and Prevention with Greenwich Teens

Greenwich Time , August 27, 2017

At The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis and Education, leaders recently talked about their visits to Greenwich High School where they are part of the health curriculum.

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Recent Report of Rape Prompts Greenwich Police to Host Session with Reporters

Greenwich Time , August 7, 2017

On August 7 Greenwich Police organized a media briefing on the topic of reporting about rape and sexual assault with sensitivity.

They also talked about services for victims, and school outreach on topics including sexual harassment, sexual assault, consent, sexting and internet safety.

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Stamford nonprofit wins $100,000 grant to help sexual assault victims

Greenwich Time , May 3, 2017

Women from across Fairfield County celebrated the power of collective giving Wednesday morning and chose Stamford-based nonprofit Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center to receive a $100,000 grant to launch a new program for sexual assault victims.

“We’re hoping this creates a big change in how survivors are served,” said Ivonne Zucco, executive director of the Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center, following the announcement of its award.

The grant is comprised of almost 200 individual contributions from members of Impact Fairfield County, a collective giving group formed by Greenwich residents Wendy Block and Vicki Craver in 2015. This marks the group’s second time awarding a local nonprofit with $100,000, and Impact Fairfield members hope the coming years will bring in even more high dollar grants as additional members join.

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Greenwich officials and legislators speak out against sexual assault

Greenwich Time , April 4, 2017

GREENWICH — Town officials from Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and Weston, state congressmen and senators and local victims organizations declared April “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in a press conference Tuesday and affirmed their commitment to supporting survivors.

“Sexual violence is a major social problem in homes, schools and communities across lower Fairfield County in Connecticut with countless physical, mental and other health consequences,” said Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei during the gathering Tuesday at Greenwich Town Hall.

“It is in many ways unfortunate that we have to proclaim such a month. But the reality is that is the world in which we live,” he said.

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Sexual Assault Crisis Center to launch awareness campaign

The Hour Wilton , February 9, 2017

WILTON — The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education will launch a year-long photographic awareness campaign called, “Reveal to Heal,” to raise awareness about the harm caused by sexual violence.

The campaign features a series of photographs by Veleska Martin and other local artists featuring modestly undressed models with messages written on their necks, backs and other body parts.

“The symbolic disrobing in the photographs reveals the emotional scars of sexual violence that may never leave the survivor; those wounds are literally ‘written’ on the body,” according to a release from the center. “ The hope in the campaign is that in revealing the pain, the work of healing can begin. The year-long campaign images will be widely distributed throughout Lower Fairfield County, and will be accompanied by a hashtag campaign on social media sites.

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Stamford High students get education on sexual assault

The Advocate , December 27, 2016

STAMFORD — A young woman wakes up on her college campus Sunday morning feeling confused about what happened the night before, when she started out with friends and then things got fuzzy.

It’s a story that Charlotte Poth, of the Stamford-based Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, hears all too frequently. But she hopes the calls will become less frequent with a new program that started this month at Stamford High School.

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Stamford women recognized for stopping sexual assault

The Advocate , September 19, 2016

STAMFORD — Two city residents were recognized Monday for stopping the sexual assault of an intoxicated woman at a downtown apartment.

Kerilyn Whitehead, 27, and Jessica Feighan, 36, received citations at the offices of The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education from elected officials, members of the Stamford Police Department and community leaders.

“I wanted to congratulate and thank Jessica and Kerilyn for your heroism and courage, and on behalf of the Stamford delegation, with two state citations,” state Rep. Caroline Simmons said.

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Charlotte Poth: ‘And I’m like forget you …’

The Advocate , August 11, 2016

People often ask me what the toughest part of my job is. There are many aspects of this work that are challenging, of course. But for me, the answer is simple. Justice. Whatever you think that word means, whatever they taught you in civics class, I need you to forget it all. Which might be easier said than done.

We grow up with the concept of law and order, of weights and measures. America loves justice! Think of the popular culture that has been created around this very notion. Or think even further back, to the empires that were built on its very foundation. It is a great idea. Justice is a type of closure, if anything.

But at The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, we are advocates for victims of sexual violence. Justice is not a word that we know very well.

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Director Of The Center In Stamford Reacts To Light Rape Sentence

Stamford Daily Voice , June 8, 2016

In the aftermath of the recent California rape sentencing, social media comments keep appearing by the thousands. The picture looks familiar, outraged people raising their voices against our system failing the victim, others blinded by the elitist thought that this is a sad ending for a brilliant young man who made a poor decision under the influence.

Here are some quick facts. In January 2015, a 20 year old white male was caught raping an unconscious 23-year-old woman behind a Dumpster after leaving a fraternity party at Stanford University. The man is a swimmer, with a scholarship; somehow this is supposed to make a difference. Good rapist vs. bad rapist, I guess?

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New Stamford Group Aims To Raise Sexual Abuse Awareness

Stamford Daily Voice , April 26, 2016

STAMFORD, Conn. — Karen Mello endured more than 30 years of emotional pain as the victim of sexual abuse. Now that she has healed, the director of development and communications for The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford is taking the next step and has created a survivor advisory council to raise awareness about sexual assault and abuse.

Mello, a Bethel resident, and five other founding members started to meet in January. SHINE — urvivors elping to nspire ew ndings — plans to share its stories to let other victims and survivors know that they are not alone. Mello cites statistics that report 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18.

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Seminar teaches young men to stand up to sexual assault

The Hour , April 5, 2016

NORWALK — In 2012, a high school-aged woman in Steubenville, Ohio, was the victim of a brutal sex assault; her peers looked on, documenting the act on social media but doing nothing to intervene.

“This happened in public view; lots of other students witnessed the assaults,” said Ellie MacGregor, a prevention educator with the Stamford-based Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, during a seminar at Norwalk Community College Tuesday.

In the Steubenville case, MacGregor said, the onlookers’ inaction was an example of the “bystander effect”: “When there are a bunch of people standing around, people are less likely to intervene.”

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Center for Youth Leadership to raise awareness for child abuse, sexual assault

The Hour , March 30, 2016

NORWALK — The Center for Youth Leadership (CYL) at Brien McMahon High School is looking to raise awareness on one of the most underreported crimes that can result in a lifetime of devastation for victims.

CYL, a youth activism organization, designated April as National Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month during a press conference at Brien McMahon Wednesday.

“Sexual assault remains one of the most underreported crimes,” said Ivonne Zucco, executive director of the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education.

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How To Support The Center For Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling And Education

Serendipity , March 3, 2016

For nearly 40 years, the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education (“The Center”) has provided victims of sexual abuse in lower Fairfield County and beyond with a safe place to turn for help and has raised awareness about how to prevent these crimes. Through a combination of counseling and education, this nonprofit organization is speaking out for those who can’t speak for themselves.

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Ivonne Zucco op-ed: Sexting case scary, but worth understanding

The Advocate , January 30, 2016

When tragedies hit our communities, there are two ways of looking at things. We can sit back and think how terrible it is that this is happening, or we can use the experience as a learning moment and an opportunity to work toward change.

On Jan. 27, news was released about an alarming sexting case at Newtown High School. The story talks about how, in May last year, more than 20 students were involved in the distribution of nude and sexually explicit photographs of classmates.

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Norwalk HS Students Talk About Sexual Assault

It’s Relevant , April 9, 2015

Norwalk High School students are standing up and raising awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
“It is so prevalent in our society, and people don’t want to talk about it and that’s part of what we are doing at school – making people realize how much it does happen and how much of a problem it is,” said Rebecca Klein, a sophomore at Norwalk High School.

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Norwalk High Girls Take Steps to Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault

Norwalk Daily Voice , April 7, 2015

Norwalk High School students are standing up and raising awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Rebecca Gaumerklein and Kassidy Wynne hatched an idea two months ago to raise awareness about sexual assault at Norwalk High School.

This week, the 15-year-old sophomores, with help from The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford…

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The Center Gains Support for Prevention Education Programs

It’s Relevant , March 24, 2015

The Center received $2,500 from The Community Fund of Darien this month to support its sexual violence prevention education programs. Over the last year alone, The Center’s sexual violence prevention education programs served over 13,000 people in Lower Fairfield County.

“The Center is excited to partner with The Community Fund of Darien,” Ann McCarthy, Director of Development & Communications at The Center, said in a statement. “We are honored that they see our prevention education program…”

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NCC Forms Partnership with Sexual Assault Crisis Center

The Hour , February 25, 2015

Norwalk Community College and the Center has worked together for a number of years to educate students on sexual violence.

On Tuesday, NCC and the Stamford-based Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling announced a formal partnership with the signing of a memorandum of understanding. Under the agreement, the two will work together to provide trauma services to students and staff members that have experienced sexual violence.

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A Safer World in 45 Minutes

The Advocate , February 21, 2015

While I was meeting with staff members at The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education Thursday afternoon, they kept offering reminders of their resolve to keep looking forward. Rather than underscore progress in their mission, they focused on lingering challenges. Rather than dwell on mistakes made by educators during the recent scandal at Stamford High School, they expressed enthusiasm that the school will begin awareness programming with students this week.

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Norwalk Woman Honored for Work at The Center in Stamford

Norwalk Daily Voice , January 12, 2015

Cora Delibertis of Norwalk, a volunteer at The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford, received the Outstanding New Adult Individual Volunteer Award from The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut.

Delibertis presented the award at the Stamford Volunteer Recognition Day ceremony Friday at the Harry Bennett Branch of the Ferguson Library in Stamford.

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From Victim to Survivor: Using Personal Pain to Help Others, Crisis Volunteer Receives Award

The Hour , January 8, 2015

Cora Delibertis has learned to transform a very painful experience from her past into motivation for empowering others. As a hotline volunteer at the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford, Delibertis counsels sexual assaults victims over the phone and sometimes in-person.

“We are thrilled that Cora was selected for this honor,” said Raquel Lopez, volunteer coordinator at The Center.

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The Center Holds Workshop for Men on Preventing Sexual Violence

It’s Relevant , December 19, 2014

It’s a workshop focused on engaging men in preventing sexual violence in their communities, and on Friday The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education held its last one of the year.

This is the second year the Center has provided the statewide training, known as Where Do You Stand? CT. The special program was brought to The Center through a collaboration with the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services and California based organization Men of Strength.

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The Center Holds Workshop for Men on Preventing Sexual Violence

It’s Relevant , December 19, 2014

It’s a workshop focused on engaging men in preventing sexual violence in their communities, and on Friday The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education held its last one of the year.

This is the second year the Center has provided the statewide training, known as Where Do You Stand? CT. The special program was brought to The Center through a collaboration with the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services and California based organization Men of Strength.

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Stamford-Based Organization on A Mission to Empower Sexual Assault Victims

The Hour , December 9, 2014

With an increase in the demand for services at the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, the organization is on a mission to provide added counseling, support and empowerment to victims.

On Tuesday, the organization released its annual report, which cites positive changes around the issue of sexual violence and a social movement shifting toward a healthier community.

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UConn Seminars Address Sexual Assault on Campus

The Advocate and The Connecticut Post , October 17, 2014

Jessica Buchanan stood before a room of two dozen University of Connecticut freshmen and talked about sex and violence.

“Sexual violence doesn’t really have to do with the act of sex itself,” she said, and used the explanation she said she gives to younger people. “When I talk to middle school kids, how I explain it to them is that a bully doesn’t bully someone because they’re really hungry and they need money to buy a slice of pizza later. Sexual violence is a crime of power and control.”

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Former Advertising Writer Finds True Calling with Stamford Crisis Center

Stamford Daily Voice , October 14, 2014

Jessica Buchanan realized quickly that working as a copy writer for an advertising agency was not her calling. A volunteer role with the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, based in Stamford, helped her find a new path.

Buchanan, a 24-year-old Norwalk resident, was recently promoted to Outreach and Prevention Coordinator for The Center…

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Prevention Education Programs Available At No Cost to Local Schools

Darien News , October 14, 2014

The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling & Education offers a series of prevention education classes for the 2014-15 school year.

The center’s programs are designed to promote emotional health, as well as physical safety, according to a publicity release. They are suitable for children in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as college students. The courses are free for public and private schools in lower Fairfield County, including those in New Canaan and Darien.

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