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Our Road Map for the Future

Two years ago, staff at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center looked out over the horizon and took stock of the future. The organization had gained momentum in recent years and was growing in more ways than one could count. BARCC was making plans to reach even more survivors of sexual violence, to help people heal in deeper and different ways, and to change… Read More

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Media: BARCC Launches Web Chat Hotline to Support More Sexual Assault Survivors

Metro Boston covered the launch of BARCC's web chat hotline, a new way to access our oldest service. Survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones can now chat with BARCC hotline counselors on desktop and mobile devices daily between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. by going to barcc.org/chat.  Excerpt: "'There are people who may have limited… Read More

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Days of Recovery: In-Depth Healing for Male Survivors

Picture this: A male survivor of sexual violence has been in therapy for nearly 30 years. He spent years of his life in “lots of rooms with lots of people” trying to find the right thing for him. But it wasn’t until he went to a MenHealing workshop that he found a true sense of belonging. That story is just one testimonial of many… Read More

Media: Roxane Gay Helps Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Mark 45th Year of Service

The Boston Globe covered the 2018 Champions for Change Gala and Auction, which celebrated BARCC's 45 years of providing free services for survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: “'Seeing you all here makes me feel something I don’t feel a lot of lately: hope, to see that this many people care about sexual violence,”… Read More

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Media: Year after #MeToo

A handful of news outlets interviewed BARCC staff to get a sense of how the mission to end sexual violence has changed since the surgence of #MeToo last October. A sample of news coverage is below:  It's been a year since to #MeToo movement took off. Here's the change a local rape crisis center has seen, Boston.com BARCC details impact… Read More

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Media: Yes on 3

In the leadup to Election Day, local news outlets persistently covered Question 3, which upheld a 2016 law that gives transgender people antidiscrimination protections in places of public accommodation. BARCC, which advocated for the Yes on 3 campaign, was quoted several times making the point that protecting transgender people has no negative… Read More

Media: The Kavanaugh Nomination

The Kavanaugh nomination and eventual confirmation dominated the news cycle this fall. Several news outlets quoted BARCC staff to give a trauma-informed perspective in coverage. A sample of those articles are listed below:  Protesters Voice Support For Christine Blasey Ford in Boston, CBS Boston At rape crisis center, empathy for Kavanaugh's… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Proposed New Title IX Regulations Announced by Trump Administration

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed new rules for schools to adhere to when responding to reports of sexual assault and harassment. The proposed rules fall under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded schools, colleges, and universities. They will replace the department’s interim Title IX guidance… Read More

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Press Release: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Launches Web Chat Hotline Service

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that it has launched a web chat hotline to give sexual assault survivors, their loved ones, and providers another way of accessing information, support, and referrals about sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. The hotline expansion comes after a significant spike in requests for BARCC services… Read More

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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