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Historic Highlights

BARCC's first Take Back the Night march in 1973 in the Boston Fens

Dive deeper into some of the landmark moments that have made BARCC what it is today. We’ve grown and changed over the years, but our foundations have remained constant: listening to survivors, building programs based on their needs, and influencing social change. We’ll be rolling out stories from our history throughout 2018.

1972–73: BARCC’s founding

In the fall of 1972, a group of women in the Greater Boston area began looking for resources for survivors of sexual violence. They found nothing—and decided to do everything. Read more about the founding of BARCC.  

1973: Doors open

Boston Globe headline text that reads: Rape center opens today

BARCC opened its doors—and its hotline—on March 26, 1973. It started with a tiny office in the Cambridge Women’s Center. Hear from the first person to call BARCC’s hotline.

1984: First full-time staff member

Sohaila Abdulali was 21 years old and had just graduated from college when she saw an ad in the Boston Phoenix: “rape crisis center looking for coordinator.” Read about her experiences at BARCC and the Cambridge Womens' Center

1998: Specialized services for male survivors

Stay tuned for the full story.

2010: Youth initiative launched

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