Agency Unveils New Name at Sexual Assault Vigil

It was a moment to reflect on those who've been harmed at the hands of others.

The Rape Crisis Center held its 24th annual candlelight vigil Thursday as a show of support for survivors of sexual assault.

Last year alone, the Rape Crisis Center counseled 215 victims from its seven county service area.

Officials also unveiled the agency's new name and logo.

The Rape Crisis Center, Brazos Valley will now be known as the Sexual Assault Resource Center.

The change was made because the agency does more than just help sexual assault survivors, it also offers educational programs throughout the community, according to Laury Kasowski, executive director of SARC.

Kasowski said she hopes the community will see that the agency as a "true resource center for sexual violence issues and that we're very proactive in our attempts to end sexual violence, not just reactive."

The new name also reflects the legal definition of the crime, which was changed from rape to sexual assault in 1983.

"The word rape in and of itself brings up very scary emotions and reactions," Kasowski said. "It's difficult for people to understand that sexual assaults do occur between acquaintances, and that's much more common than rapes by strangers."

The center's staff chose the color teal in the logo because it represents sexual assault awareness nationwide.

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