Gina Scaramella hugging Dory Cote at 2018 Champions for Change Gala and Auction

Honoring Trailblazers at the Most Successful Champions for Change Gala Yet

This past Friday, nearly 700 supporters, volunteers, and staff celebrated BARCC’s 45th anniversary—and trailblazers, past and present, in the movement to end sexual violence—at our annual Champions for Change Gala & Auction. As the #MeToo movement continues and deepens, and as demand for services continues to grow, BARCC’s… Read More

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Web Chat Hotline: New Technology, Same Great Support

For 45 years, our hotline has provided survivors, loved ones, and community members with high-quality emotional support, information, and resources. And we’re excited to announce that you can now get that same support online via web chat! With modern technology, our oldest service is now growing to be more accessible. If your phone access is limited,… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Question 3 Election Results

Yesterday, Massachusetts voters rejected an attempt to repeal a 2016 law prohibiting public accommodations discrimination against transgender people. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella offered the following statement in response: “This is an important victory for transgender people, their families, and our entire… Read More

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Introducing our 2018 Champions for Change

Dr. Judith Linden and Stephen MarcusThis post was written by 2018 Champions for Change Dr. Judith Linden with her husband and co-honoree Stephen Marcus.  I first got involved with BARCC when I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the amazing support that the medical advocates offered my patients in the emergency department, as both an emergency… Read More

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Why You Should Vote Yes on 3

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump Administration was pursuing a legal policy that would narrowly define gender. This would effectively eliminate transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people from protection under federal civil rights law. And that is why it’s more important than ever for Massachusetts residents to vote yes on… Read More

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Are You Ready to Vote? 2018 General Election Voter Guide

Sexual assault and harassment affect everyone in our communities. We know you want to do everything you can for survivors of sexual violence, and voting is a critical way to take action and show your support. The first step to changing our culture so that sexual assault, harassment, and abuse is less likely to occur is to listen to, believe, and… Read More

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Funding a Future Without Sexual Violence: Q&A with Gala Sponsor BITS

Boston IT Services has sponsored the Champions for Change Gala & Auction since 2016. We recently spoke with founder and owner Jim Stewart to learn more about why he invests in BARCC. Q: How did your company come to be connected with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center? A: We work with many different types of companies around Boston and Cambridge,… Read More

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Your Housing Rights as a Survivor of Sexual Violence Living in Federally Assisted Housing

This is the second of two blog posts that explain a few housing law protections for survivors of sexual violence and how BARCC case managers can assist survivors in advocating for their rights under these laws. In the last post, we talked about what protections are available to people who live in market rent, private, and state public and subsidized… Read More

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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