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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?


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 — S urvivors H elping to I nspire N ew E 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.


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.”


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.



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.


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.


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.


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…


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…”


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.