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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

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Media: Sexual Violence Prevention Targets Students

Steph Trilling, director of BARCC's Community Awareness and Prevention Services, appeared yesterday on Boston Neighborhood Network News, talking about our work in local middle and high schools as well as on college campuses. With a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation, we are gearing up to expand that work.  Excerpt: "It is so important… Read More

Quote: There are steps that schools can take to reduce the likelihood of hiring a teacher who will abuse students. Schools must act on their responsibility to reduce as much as possible the likelihood of such abuse taking place.

Letter: Preventing School Abuse

In response to the latest wave of news on sexual abuse in prep schools, our Executive Director Gina Scaramella outlines ways that schools can work to prevent sexual abuse in a New York Times letter to the editor.  Excerpt: "There are steps that hiring managers at schools can take to reduce the likelihood of hiring a teacher who will abuse… Read More

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Missed Opportunities for Prevention: 13 Reasons Why

We’ve been hearing a lot in the schools that we work in—and in national dialogue—about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show follows the story of a high school student who dies by suicide and leaves behind 13 recordings. The recordings reveal the student’s experiences with bullying and sexual assault, among other… Read More