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Authorities: Juvenile serial sex offender arrested in Stamford assaults

News 12 Connecticut, Thursday, January 16, 2020

A juvenile serial sex offender was arrested in Maryland in November and again in Stamford last month, according to authorities. The 17-year-old, who was not named, is accused of raping two women in Stamford. He was apprehended with the help of the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Police and a Stamford sexual assault resource agency, The Rowan Center, are hoping more victims will come forward.


John Breunig: Shifting the tide of rape culture

Middletown Press, Sunday, October 6, 2019

Luke Robbins has only been director of counseling for the area’s sexual assault resource center for a few days, so it almost seems unfair to engage him in conversation about the new report that exposes the depth of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s decades of covering up incidents of priests sexually assaulting children. He’s up to the task.


Stamford sexual assault resource center announces new name

Stamford Advocate, Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education is now going by a new name. On Thursday, the local organization announced they’ll now be known as “The Rowan Center.” 


Female Leaders to Speak at 7th Annual Women Empowering Women​

Greenwich Free Press, April 28, 2019

Five industry-leading women will speak at the seventh annual Women Empowering Women event in Stamford on May 9. Focusing on how women better the balance today, each featured panelist will share stories of personal and professional growth to empower others.


New Canaan Community Foundation grants for 2019

New Canaan Advertiser, July 25, 2019

The Rowan Center is a recipient of a grant by the New Canaan Community Foundation. The grant will go towards providing counseling and support services to victims of sexual assault and eliminating sexual violence through community-wide education programs. Supported by a donor-advised fund.


Community Fund of Darien Awards $537,000 to Various Darien and Area Nonprofits

Darienite, July 17, 2019

Thanks to the generous support of local donors, this year the Community Fund of Darien (TCF) is awarding $537,000 in large grants to 22 local nonprofit organizations. More than $30,000 in other grants was previously allocated this year in small grants and grants awarded by the Youth Community Fund high school service group.


Grassroots effort spurs change in gymnastics culture

Stamford Advocate, August 11, 2018

When Frank DeFrancesco was studying to be teacher four decades ago, he learned a basic rule: never be alone with a student.

He followed that principle when he became the owner of Arena Gymnastics about 25 years ago.

The Springdale facility has strict policies prohibiting adults from being alone with children, going as far as requiring parents to be present while their child has a one-on-one session.

“It’s been our policy forever to go with your athlete into the training room,” DeFrancesco said. “We even do that while they’re on the gym floor. Our kids were never left alone.”

Legislators are now hoping to develop laws based on these types of practices after USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was accused of sexual abusing more than 300 gymnasts.


First Congregational Church’s women’s association holds luncheon, #MeToo discussion

Darien Times , May 25, 2018

The First Congregational Church of Darien’s Women’s Association and Board of Outreach hosted a spring luncheon followed by a discussion of the #MeToo movement on Tuesday, May 22 in the Church Parish Hall. The discussion was hosted by Gayle Weinstein, president of the Board of Directors of the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis counseling and education. Both members of the church and the general community attended the event.

The event began in the auditorium with attendants holding hands and forming a circle to sing “Doxology” before sitting down for lunch. At 1 p.m., the church introduced Weinstein along with Mary Flynn, the interim executive director at the center.


Stamford students take lead in sexual assault education

The Advocate , April 8, 2018

MYLC students at AITE have been organizing lunchtime table events with literature to educate peers on consent, bystander intervention, healthy dating, boundaries and other topics related to sexual assault and harassment. The group decided to focus on sexual assault and harassment after a student survey showed students wanted more education on the topic.


Time’s Up Act would extend statute of limitations on sexual harassment, assault

News 12 , February 20, 2018

State Democrats proposed a bill Tuesday that would overhaul sexual harassment and assault laws by increasing or eliminating the timeframe victims have to report such crimes.

They’re calling it the Time’s Up Act — a nod to the “time’s up” rallying cry spreading through activist circles, social media trends and even award shows.


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