Supporters of The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education came together to raise funds for the organization’s Sexual Violence Prevention Education Program at the 6th annual Women Empowering Women event, held at the Sheraton Stamford. Guests networked and enjoyed a panel discussion. This year’s theme, “Changing the Narrative,” drew on the experiences of the panelists: Gretchen Carlson, journalist and advocate; Sandy Goldstein, community volunteer and President of Stamford Downtown Special Services District; Jillian Gilchrist, advocate and political candidate; and Holly Hurd, author and entrepreneur. Led by Rebecca Surran, formerly of New 12 Connecticut, the engaging conversation and Q&A inspired attendees to harness their own strength to empower others. Chairperson Christina Scott believes the event is always such a success because “women want to unite around an issue, learn from each other, and make a difference in the lives of young people.” The evening raised over $40,000 to support sexual violence prevention education.

The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education is the only agency providing free and confidential services to victims of sexual violence in the eight towns of lower Fairfield County: Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. In addition to crisis and advocacy work on behalf of clients, The Center provides prevention education to children and adults, in schools and the community at large, reaching over 20,000 individuals each year.

Photographs by Cheryl Moss