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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

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Web Chat Hotline: New Technology, Same Great Support

For 45 years, our hotline has provided survivors, loved ones, and community members with high-quality emotional support, information, and resources. And we’re excited to announce that you can now get that same support online via web chat! With modern technology, our oldest service is now growing to be more accessible. If your phone access is limited,… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Question 3 Election Results

Yesterday, Massachusetts voters rejected an attempt to repeal a 2016 law prohibiting public accommodations discrimination against transgender people. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella offered the following statement in response: “This is an important victory for transgender people, their families, and our entire… Read More

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Introducing our 2018 Champions for Change

Dr. Judith Linden and Stephen MarcusThis post was written by 2018 Champions for Change Dr. Judith Linden with her husband and co-honoree Stephen Marcus.  I first got involved with BARCC when I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the amazing support that the medical advocates offered my patients in the emergency department, as both an emergency… Read More

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Why You Should Vote Yes on 3

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump Administration was pursuing a legal policy that would narrowly define gender. This would effectively eliminate transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people from protection under federal civil rights law. And that is why it’s more important than ever for Massachusetts residents to vote yes on… Read More

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Are You Ready to Vote? 2018 General Election Voter Guide

Sexual assault and harassment affect everyone in our communities. We know you want to do everything you can for survivors of sexual violence, and voting is a critical way to take action and show your support. The first step to changing our culture so that sexual assault, harassment, and abuse is less likely to occur is to listen to, believe, and… Read More