The Invisible War Reveals Obstacles to Justice for Victims of Military Rape

CROSS POSTED FROM HUFFINGTON POST Last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban preventing female soldiers from officially serving in combat -- a decision that raised the urgency on efforts to address the festering crisis of sexual assault within the U.S. military. That crisis -- which claimed more than 50 victims of sexual assault a day… Read More

GET INVOLVED! - Upcoming Events

Hello there and HAPPY FRIDAY!  There's lots of exciting events coming up where BARCC is involved.  We encourage you to participate and help us to raise awareness about the issue of sexual violence and the fact that it touches so many people's lives. First off, there is an Empowerment Day for Women and Girls this Saturday, Jan 19th… Read More

An Intern’s Insights: Serving the DHCD with a 51a

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” ― William Faulkner As many are aware, a 51-A is a report that is filed when a mandated reporter suspects any wrongdoing or harm to a minor. Recently,… Read More

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New protections for survivors in Massachusetts!

2013 is barely started, and already it's been a tough few days for those of us who care about issues of sexual violence. But there was a bright spot in Massachusetts today as Governor Deval Patrick signed a new bill into law. The bill, S. 2402, is An Act Relative to Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault, and Stalking… Read More

New Year’s Resolutions

Right about now is when many people, myself and my friends included, start trying to set resolutions for the upcoming year.  Perhaps it is to spend less money on unnecessary things, exercise more, eat healthier foods, call friends and family members more often, start a new hobby, practice meditation more often, or any assortment of things. … Read More

Self-care in the holiday season and beyond

When doing rape crisis work – or other crisis services –  one of the phrases you become very familiar with ‘self-care’.   We’re reminded on a daily, weekly, monthly basis that we should be doing regular forms of self-care for ourselves and recommending it to others –significant others, survivors, and… Read More

Victim Blaming

I can say with 100% certainty that society has come a long way since the rape crisis movement started in how people view victim blaming. During trainings and workshops, many people support the idea that victims should never be blamed for an assault. However, within that same mindset there are subtle (and not so subtle) phrases and words that show we… Read More

Spotlight on the Survivor Speakers Bureau

I have had the immense pleasure and honor over the past year to work with the fabulous members of the Survivor Speakers’ Bureau (SSB) here at BARCC.  This is a group of 17 dedicated, enthusiastic, and fantastic speakers.  As can be expected, their experiences with sexual violence are as varied as they are.  What is similar between… Read More

The Gala is Fast Approaching!

I was one of the lucky people yesterday who did not have to go to work because of Hurricane Sandy.  Good thing too, because the T ended up closing early and that is my primary way of getting to and from the office.  However, while I was sitting at home watching bad TV, checking FB statuses to make sure friends were safe, and constantly checking… Read More

The Creative Expression of Survivors

I have worked in the field of anti-sexual violence in some capacity or another for the past six years.  Some of that has been doing direct services work: hotline, medical advocacy, case management and other portions of my work have been more focused on prevention and awareness and community outreach.  Regardless of the role that I am filling,… Read More