STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education will hold a rally in support of sexual assault victims outside the Stamford courthouse Wednesday morning before the criminal hearing of Greenwich RTM member Chris von Keyserling.
Von Keyserling is accused of insulting and pinching the groin of a female Greenwich town employee on Dec. 8, according to police. He was arrested on Jan. 11 and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault.
The Center announced Tuesday that it will join calls from community activists for a peaceful assembly outside the courthouse at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
"Sexual assault is all too common in this society and it is the responsibility of all of us to stand with victims and send a strong message that reprehensible behavior like this will not be tolerated," said The Center Executive Director Ivonne Zucco.
According to an arrest warrant, von Keyserling and the 57-year-old woman had a conversation about politics in a town facility before he said, "I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct." He later pinched her groin area as she walked by, police said. The woman reported the incident to police.
"Statements made by the accused and his attorney have minimized the trauma of sexual assault and harassment, and The Center is prepared to show support for this brave victim, and all victims of sexual violence," The Center said in its announcement.
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei said Tuesday in a press conference at The Center that public support "is a very important step, to keep the pressure on that this behavior is not acceptable, it's not okay. Our primary focus is supporting the victim of the assault."
The Stamford courthouse is located at 123 Hoyt St.