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Taylor Swift = #Fearless

This week, Taylor Swift experienced something that far too few survivors of sexual assault experience: justice in the courtroom. On Monday, a jury denied the claims of David Mueller, a former radio station disc jockey who had sued Swift for $3 million. He claimed that he had been fired from his job after Swift told station managers that he had groped… Read More

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Free Self-Defense and Creative Writing Workshop

BARCC is proud to partner again with the YWCA Boston and IMPACT to provide a free self-defense and creative writing workshop for individuals in Cambridge. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Cambridge Arts, these classes are intended to help people find the strength of their bodies and the power of… Read More

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Sharing Their Stories, Inspiring Change

Spotlight on the BARCC Survivor Speakers Bureau What can change people’s minds and move people to action? Hearing personal stories. That’s the idea behind BARCC’s Survivor Speakers Bureau (SSB). Formed in 1999 by a group of survivors, the SSB is made up of 20 volunteers who share their stories to educate others about the realities… Read More

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Betsy DeVos and Title IX

Check out our recent tweetstorm on the latest from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos regarding Title IX, which provides essential mandates for educational institutions in responding to survivors of sexual violence. Follow us on Twitter. [View the story "Betsy DeVos and Title IX" on Storify] Read More

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Media: Sexual Assault On Campus Is Real

(And I Can't Believe I Have To Say This In 2017.) Last week, a Department of Education official made comments trivializing incidents of campus sexual assault that involve alcohol. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, comments on how the official's comments and those who rush to her defense represent a… Read More

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Spike in Hate Crimes Creates Surge in Requests for Prevention Training

Training Can Help You Respond if You See Someone in Danger Since the presidential election, it seems more people than ever are emboldened to discriminate and dehumanize others. This is a powerful root of sexual violence. You've probably seen it yourself. A jogger being taunted on their daily run. A young woman being whistled at on the street. A… Read More

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Beyond Bubble Baths

For years, the concept of “self-care” has been promoted as a way that workers can sustain themselves while helping people who have experienced trauma. At BARCC, we look for every opportunity to support our team members, and we encourage taking walks, getting coffee or snacks, working out—and all of the things we can and should do to… Read More

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Media: Baker, Markey Lead Bipartisan Resistance to Senate Health Care Bill

Following the Senate release of the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act, Massachusetts legislators are speaking out against the bill. In a recent State House News Service story, featured in the Fall River Herald News and the Taunton Daily Gazette, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella spoke about the damaging implications of the bill for survivors… Read More

Statement on U.S. Senate’s Proposed Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Yesterday the United States Senate released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a proposed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “This bill, if passed, would result in serious harm to survivors of sexual violence.… Read More

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Statement on Mistrial in Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case

Today, Judge Steven T. O’Neill declared a mistrial in the prosecution of Bill Cosby of charges that he had sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, after jurors were unable to reach a conclusion. Prosecutors immediately announced that they will retry Cosby. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape… Read More