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.