Press Release: The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Marks Its 45th Anniversary

Later this month, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) will mark its official 45th anniversary of serving survivors of sexual assault and educating the public. Throughout its anniversary year, BARCC is hosting public events, workshops, and online discussions about how to support survivors and change the culture to end sexual violence. “The… Read More

Inch by Inch, I Have Reclaimed Myself

Kalie Wilkerson delivered this speech at the 2017 Champions for Change Gala & Auction. It has been edited for length. Content note: sexual violence. When I was 19 years old, I fell in love for the first time. I was also 19 the first time I was raped. Unfortunately both of those firsts were with the same person. When we met, he was charming. He was… Read More

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Media Advisory: Experts Available for Media during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Available to Discuss Issues Related to Sexual Assault  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time dedicated to raising public awareness about sexual violence and educating communities on how to prevent it. In the wake of news stories on reports of sexual assault committed by high-profile media, business,… Read More

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Healing with Family at the Walk for Change

More than 10 years ago, Anne Reed came to BARCC looking for help. Today, she and her family are regulars at the annual Walk for Change: lining up at the food trucks, running around at the after party, and walking the 2.6-mile loop with pride alongside survivors and supporters alike. “BARCC stood by me and my family, providing services for us all… Read More

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Momentum Grows to Rename Wynn Boston Harbor

We’re pleased to see momentum building in the community for calling on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to require that that the casino being built in Everett by Wynn Resorts not bear the name of its founder Steve Wynn. Multiple employees, including one who received a $7.5 million settlement from Wynn, have reported that Wynn sexually assaulted… Read More

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Letter: Wynn Resorts’ New CEO Must Understand the Need for a Name Change

In a recent Boston Globe article, new Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox suggested that considering a name change for the Everett casino—in light of reports of sexual harassment and assault by founder Steve Wynn—was premature and not advisable in this period of "raw emotion." In response, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella argued… Read More

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Media: Woman Tells Police Steve Wynn Raped Her in ‘70s

In covering new reports of sexual violence by Steve Wynn, Boston 25 News spoke with Gina Scaramella, BARCC's executive director. The conversation included discussion of BARCC's call that Wynn's name be kept off the new casino being built in Everett.  Excerpt: "Gina Scaramella, Executive Director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis… Read More logo

Media: With #MeToo, an ‘Overwhelming Number’ of People Have Reached Out to BARCC spoke with Gina Scaramella, BARCC's executive director, about the local impact of the #MeToo movement, the increased demand for services, and more.  Excerpt: "Locally, the movement’s magnitude and influence has been evident for months at Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, where support services have been stretched thin with an… Read More

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Press Release: In Midst of #MeToo, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Announces Fourth Summer Institute

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center has opened applications for its fourth Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Summer Institute. The institute is a 40-hour training, June 18–22, in which participants develop skills for preventing and responding to sexual violence. The progressive methods taught in the institute are increasingly relevant in… Read More

Facebook Live: BARCC at 45 and Beyond

In January, BARCC staffers and friends held a Facebook Live panel to discuss ending sexual violence in the age of #MeToo. Executive Director Gina Scaramella, Youth Clinical Outreach Coordinator Ashley Slay, and one of BARCC’s founders, Janet Yassen, talked about how the narrative around ending sexual violence and supporting survivors has changed… Read More