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Tips for Talking about Sexual Violence

Engaging family members, friends, and others A man walks up to two feminists at a women’s march. While pointing at a sign that reads “Boys will be boys held accountable for their actions,” he says “What is this? A march against men?!” Adorned in pink pussy hats, holding creative protest signs, both of the feminists… Read More

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Op-Ed: Sexual Harassment Needs to Be a Firing Offense

In this op-ed for the Boston Globe Opinion section, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella comments on the prevention of and response to workplace sexual harassment, in light of recent news involving Bill O'Reilly/Fox News, Sterling Jewelers, and Uber.  Excerpt: "The most powerful way to prevent sexual harassment and assault… Read More

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Media: Events Raise Awareness on Sexual Assaults

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella appeared yesterday on Boston Neighborhood Network News, talking about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, dress codes, BARCC services, our annual Walk for Change, and more! Excerpt: "That's one of the things that's so important about having a robust rape crisis center that we have here in Boston,… Read More

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How Your Participation in the Walk for Change Helps Survivors

Here’s what survivors say about BARCC: “After my boyfriend assaulted me I had nowhere to go. I have three kids—and who could take us in? BARCC’s case manager found a place in a shelter that could take us all. They also gave me a hopeline phone so now I can call for help.” “I called BARCC one day, and I asked them… Read More

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Op-Ed: 3 Ways You Can Help End Sexual Assault

In her latest op-ed for WGBH News, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella reflects on Sexual Assault Awareness Month in today's cultural climate and outlines three ways you can take action to end sexual violence and support survivors.  Excerpt: "But we can still do better. This April, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month, commit… Read More

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BARCC’s Walk for Change: Kids Are Invited!

How to Talk to Them about Why You're Walking We encourage “whole family” participation (including your canine companions!) in the annual Walk for Change. Although the topic—ending sexual violence—is serious, our event is fun and festive. We want every member of the family, from infants to older teens, to feel comfortable… Read More

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Show Your Support by Showing Up!

There's nothing political in pointing out that people in leadership positions—government officials, college administrators, military leaders, company executives, and others—throughout the United States are not taking sexual violence seriously. Now, more than ever, survivors of sexual assault need to hear that we’ve got their back.… Read More

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Fostering a Sanctuary for Immigrant Survivors of Sexual Violence

As heated and often harrowing media stories of immigration and the challenges facing immigrants continue, we see related effects on the survivors seeking help from BARCC. In this social and political climate, BARCC works to provide a sanctuary for immigrant survivors. One key feature of sexual violence is that it is often unspeakable and dehumanizing.… Read More

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Press Release: April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center will hold events and be available to local media FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Boston, March 30, 2017—April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and organizations around the country will engage in extra efforts to raise public awareness about sexual violence and how to prevent it. This year’s theme is engaging… Read More

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Press Release: Walk for Change

Join the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center for 11th Annual Walk for Change Show up for survivors on Sunday, April 23 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica L. Atcheson, media@barcc.org, 617-649-1822 BOSTON, March 27, 2017—The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 11th annual Walk for Change will take place Sunday, April 23, at DCR’s Artesani… Read More