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Support All Survivors: March with BARCC at Boston Pride!

Acknowledging survivors as whole people is an important part of supporting their healing journey. As a member of the BARCC community, you have demonstrated your support for all survivors in a number of ways. From showing up at the Women’s March for America to participating in legislative advocacy for youth, immigrant, and housing justice,… Read More

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Op-Ed: School Dress Codes Are Tougher on Girls than Boys

In her latest piece for WGBH News, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella shares her thoughts on the unfair messages that many school dress codes send—and how they can be remedied. Excerpt: "More typically, however, dress codes take aim at clothing worn by girls. These dress codes are rooted in the hard-to-die concept of boys and men being unable… Read More

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Media: For Rape Victims, New Law Would Pose Worrisome Implications

In a Boston Globe Opinion letter to the editor, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella responded to a recent op-ed on the rhetoric of the health-care debate. Excerpt: "In fact, treatment for health care conditions related to rape would most certainly be considered preexisting conditions under the American Health Care Act. That is how the health… Read More

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You Are a Gift to Your Child

An interview with Shadi Johnston, LMHC This Mother’s Day, we honor all the mothers out there who are survivors of sexual violence. We sat down with Shadi Johnston—our senior clinician and Clinical Intern Program manager, as well as a mother of three herself—to talk about her work with mothers. In your work with survivors, how have… Read More

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How Health “Reform” Will Make Sexual Assault Survivors Sick

A version of this piece was originally published in the Hill on May 3, 2017. So far, we know that about 24 million Americans stand to lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is replaced with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We know that most of those 24 million people will be low-income. We also know… Read More

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Media: Health “Reform” Will Make Sexual Assault Survivors Sick

In an op-ed for the Hill, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella breaks down how the American Health Care Act (ACHA), legislation currently making its way through Washington, would harm survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: "We also know that groups of people who experience significant health care disparities, such as lesbian, gay,… Read More

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Cultivating Connections to Serve Survivors

Community Professionals Training Profile: Ashleigh Hala, Babson College If there’s one word to describe Ashleigh Hala, the inaugural director of Babson College’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services, it’s busy. From advocating for student survivors in school proceedings to planning education campaigns on… Read More

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Media: Shedding New Light on Sex Assault Epidemic

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella appeared on NECN's The Take with Sue O'Connell on April 27, discussing recent high-profile cases of sexual harassment, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the BARCC Walk for Change, and more!  Excerpt: "I think what we've seen, especially in some of the recent cases, is just how insidious… Read More

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More Than 1,700 People Show Up for Survivors at Walk for Change

On April 23, more than 1,700 attendees took part in our Annual Walk for Change, the largest gathering in New England raising awareness of sexual violence, to show their support for survivors. Participants at this year’s Walk for Change raised more than $222,000 for BARCC services. The total is a fundraising record for the event, which… Read More

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Press Release: More Than 1,700 People Show Up for Survivors of Sexual Violence at Walk for Change

Attendees raise over $222,000 for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica L. Atcheson,, 617-649-1288 Cambridge, April 28, 2017―The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that more than 1,700 attendees took part in its Annual Walk for Change, the largest gathering… Read More