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A Year into #MeToo Resurgence, Three Reasons to Be Hopeful

Last October, #MeToo went viral. A year later, where are we? What has changed? As Google’s Me Too Rising visualization shows, while there have been some ups and downs, #MeToo has become an enduring topic of public discourse. It’s been both an exciting and a trying year for many survivors, advocates, and others active in the movement to end… Read More

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Best-Selling Author Advocates for Voices that Matter

When Roxane Gay published her debut novel, An Untamed State, the New York Times called it “striking and complex.” The newspaper praised the novel, which details the kidnapping of the daughter of a wealthy construction magnate in Haiti, for its use of metaphor to describe the world’s culture of enabling sexual violence. “There… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Vote to Approve Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

Today, the United States Senate approved Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “The Senate’s vote to approve Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is a painful reminder… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Condemns President Trump’s Mocking of Survivor

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump openly mocked Christine Blasey Ford at a campaign rally. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “In the wake of this incredibly surreal and deeply distressing moment, we want to communicate a clear and concise message to sexual… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Bill Cosby Sentencing

Last week, Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in a state prison for sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, commented in response: “Holding people accountable for their behavior is incredibly important. While this sentence may show… Read More

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Happy and Whole

The following post shares the story of Sonia, a survivor who has called BARCC’s hotline and come to BARCC for individual and group counseling. *Content note: personal story of sexual violence, suicidal thoughts For Sonia LaRock and a huge number of other survivors, rape was not a one-time experience. You might think that once someone is a victim… Read More

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Upcoming Workshops for Survivors

We're offering an upcoming series of free educational workshops for all survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse ages 18 and up.  October 18: Introduction to Trauma October 25: Self-Care for Survivors of Sexual Trauma November 1: Relationships after Sexual Trauma November 8: Identifying a Therapist All workshops… Read More

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Media: Safety Gains for Sexual Assault Survivors in Detentions Bill

BARCC Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor sat down with Christ Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network News to discuss Governore Charlie Baker's proposed legislation.  Excerpt: "When we focus on the perpetrator we ask, "why are we ruining their lives?' ... It's very unfair for survivors, because someone… Read More

Media: For Some, the Year’s Lessons Feel Forgotten

This week, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella lent her knowledge of sexual trauma to the Boston Globe's coverage of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She appears in the following articles:  "For some, the year's lessons feel forgotten" "Mass. lawmakers, advocates blast Trump's criticism of Ford" "Kavanaugh… Read More

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Op-Ed: Reaction to Report of Kavanaugh Sex Assault Shows That Myths Persist

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently wrote an op-ed on the reactions to the report that Supremem Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a young woman in high school and the myths about sexual assault that have already been repeated in the wake of this news.  Excerpt: "Reaction to the news that Supreme Court nominee… Read More