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Stamford sexual assault resource center announces new name

February 21, 2019

STAMFORD — 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.”

A release on their website said the name comes from the Rowan tree, a symbol of growth and strength in Celtic and Norse mythology.

“Ancient Celts planted Rowan trees beside their homes and carried small pieces of the tree as a source of motivation to overcome the challenges of life,” the release read. “In Norse mythology, the story has Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, being swept away in a river when he grabs the branch of the Rowan tree and pulls himself to shore. The metaphor reflects the role the Rowan Center plays in the lives of clients - available for support in times of crisis.”

The Rowan Center will continue to provide free, 24-hour confidential help to people who’ve experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives. In addition to helping survivors through the early stages of reporting, they provide goal-oriented counseling and awareness and prevention education to students and the community at large.

The Rowan Center supports Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton and offers all services in both English and Spanish.