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Media: Trump Administration Scraps Obama-Era Sexual Assault Guidelines

Last week, BARCC Director of Programs Stephanie DeCandia spoke with Kirk Carapezza, lead correspondent and managing editor of WGBH's On Campus, to discuss the decision to formally revoke the Title IX Guidance. The Trump administration rescinded the Guidance, which was issued in 2011 to address sexual assault on college… Read More

Letter: Title IX Directive Was Put in Place to Correct Lapses in School Policies

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Trump administration would begin an open comment period as the first step in replacing the Title IX Guidance. BARCC's Director of Programs Stephanie DeCandia shared her knowledge and experience on the topic in a letter to the editor published in the Boston Globe on Monday,… Read More

Op-Ed: DeVos Halts Progress Toward Ending Campus Rape

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella took on the Trump administration's planned rollback of the Title IX Guidance in a recent op-ed for the Hill. In a speech earlier this month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she would replace the Title IX Guidance, which was issued in 2011 by the Obama administration. The… Read More

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Media: Trump Administration Plans Rollback Of Campus Assault Rules

The Boston Globe recently reported on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' accouncement that the Trump administration plans to replace Title IX Guidance, which was issued in 2011 under the Obama administration. Reporter Stephanie Ebbert quoted BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella's statement on the announcement, which expressed disappointment… Read More

Letter: As Hockey Pro’s Case Suggests, We’re Still Failing to Protect Youth From Abuse

In a letter to the editor published Sunday in the Boston Globe, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella responded to the tragic story of a hockey pro's death, and the alleged abuse that led up to it. Gina urges institutions like schools and sporting leagues to develop clear written policy regarding appropriate behavior and training for parents… Read More

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Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Replace Title IX Guidance

Today, during a speech at George Mason University, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Trump administration would replace the Obama administration’s 2011 Title IX Guidance to colleges and universities. The guidance was issued because many schools were violating the requirements of Title IX—which directs institutions… Read More

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Media: Law Firms Focused On Those Accused Of Campus Sexual Assault Open Doors In Boston

The Boston Globe's Dugan Arnett reported recently that a law firm that focuses on representing students accused of campus sexual assault has opened an office in Boston. In the article, BARCC Staff Attorney Patricia McNamara offers a defense of Title IX guidelines and survivors' choices in seeking justice after sexual violence. Excerpt: "'Lots… Read More

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Media: Opioid Drug Users Tell Of Rarely Discussed Injury: Rape

In this recent WBUR piece reported by Martha Bebinger, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella shares insight into sexual violence in the context of the opioid crisis.  Excerpt: "There’s little data about sexual assault during the opioid epidemic, but Gina Scaramella, director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, says she isn’t surprised… Read More

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Reducing Sexual Assault at School

How BARCC Partners with Schools to Create Cultures that Are Safe and Equitable for All Sexual abuse at private boarding schools has been all over the headlines this year. The truth is, though, that sexual violence in many forms is a regular occurrence at schools and campuses of all kinds—public and private, from middle school through college.… Read More

Get the Support You Need: Learn More about BARCC’s Counseling Groups

You probably have an image of what a support group looks like. People sit in folding chairs arranged in a circle, talking about dire subjects in a conversation facilitated by one person. BARCC’s counseling groups aren’t exactly like that. Yes, there are chairs (not folding!), and yes, there is talking. But participants aren’t expected… Read More