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Media: Legislative Leaders Say They’ve Dealt with Sexual Harassment Complaints

After reports of sexual harassment at the Massachusetts State House came to light in a recent Boston Globe column, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella spoke with State House News Service about the culture of tolerance for sexual harassment and assault on Beacon Hill.  Excerpt: “To create a safe workplace for all, legislative… Read More

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BARCC Response to Reports of Sexual Harassment on Beacon Hill

Last week, the Boston Globe reported on multiple incidents of sexual harassment experienced by women who work on Beacon Hill. The report came after similar stories have been made public by women who work in both California and Rhode Island’s state legislatures. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella issued the following… Read More

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It’s About More than Vacations

Self-Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence Did you find yourself overwhelmed or triggered by the social media avalanche of #MeToo? Are you feeling stressed by work, neverending to-do lists, and chores? Sounds like it’s time for some self-care. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to book a fancy vacation or trip to the spa. Some people… Read More

The Basics of Title IX

What is Title IX? Title IX is a federal civil rights law, created in 1972 to protect equal access to education in schools that receive federal funding. Title IX governs sex discrimination and is applicable to all sexes and genders.  The purpose of Title IX is to ensure equal access to education; any actions taken by a school under Title IX are… Read More

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Media: What Advocates Can Learn From the Successes—and Shortcomings—of #MeToo

The Mary Sue interviewed BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella to discuss the successes and shortcomings of #MeToo. In the piece, Gina and author Tori Bilcik reflect on the challenges of the social media movement and how organizers can do better.  Excerpt: “I hope we all can support people who are not participating,” she… Read More

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Enid Levangie Creates Safe Spaces for Hotline Callers

Ten years ago, someone gave Enid Levangie a list of organizations that needed volunteers, and her eye was drawn to BARCC. Our Hotline program stood out to Enid based on her previous experience volunteering for hotlines and the crisis counseling aspect of the program. Today, Enid—now a nine-year hotline volunteer—has been honored as one of… Read More

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#MeToo? #HeresWhatToDo

Like nearly everyone else, we watched in amazement as the #MeToo movement took hold on social media. On Sunday, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women to tweet out #MeToo if they had experienced sexual harassment or assault, a campaign conceived years earlier by activist Tarana Burke. As of this writing, more than 12 million #MeToo posts have been… Read More

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Casting Call: Play a Role in the Movement to End Sexual Violence

BARCC’s Youth Leadership Corps (YLC) is filming a short video that will be shown in our educational workshops and shared through our online platforms. The video will portray everyday situations like street harassment, responding to friends’ disclosures, and unequal dress code expectations that make young people feel unsafe and contribute… Read More

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Media: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Talks about Impact of #MeToo Campaign

If you're on social media, you've probably seen at least one #MeToo come across your timeline. Maybe you've seen dozens. The viral movement meant to show the scope of sexual violence was created nearly a decade ago by activist Tarana Burke, and reignited on Sunday, October 15, when actress Alyssa Milano shared the concept online. BARCC Executive… Read More

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#MeToo, and It’s OK if You Choose Not to Say “Me Too”

The following post was written by Kristy Cullivan Sierra, BARCC’s development director. #MeToo is a movement on social media meant to bring attention to the magnitude of sexual violence. Since it went viral on Sunday, October 15, people have posted #MeToo on their Facebook and Twitter pages to indicate that they, too, have experienced sexual violence.… Read More