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Statement on the DACA Decision

On Tuesday, President Trump announced that his administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which permits young adults who entered the country illegally to attend college and obtain employment. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, offered the following statement in response:… Read More

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Press Release: BARCC’s Annual Champions for Change Gala & Auction to Take Place November 3

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that tickets are available for its annual Champions for Change Gala & Auction, which will take place Friday, November 3, 2017, 6:00–11:00 p.m. at Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street, Boston. All proceeds raised support BARCC’s direct services to survivors… Read More

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Support Survivors in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

The world has watched in alarm as Hurricane Harvey devastates southeastern Texas and the people who call it home. People across the nation have donated what they can to the region in the forms of funds and basic supplies. The City of Boston sent seven truckloads of diapers, clothing, toiletries, and more to Texas on Friday. With the death toll at 39,… Read More

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Op-Ed: Advice for USA Gymnastics

(Applies to Any Org Accused of Ignoring Sexual Abuse) The most recent in a long line of organizations taken to task for their failure to address sexual abuse, USA Gymnastics has been in the headlines for having ignored and minimized allegations of sexual abuse. In a Huffington Post op-ed, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella offers advice for… Read More

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Taylor Swift = #Fearless

This week, Taylor Swift experienced something that far too few survivors of sexual assault experience: justice in the courtroom. On Monday, a jury denied the claims of David Mueller, a former radio station disc jockey who had sued Swift for $3 million. He claimed that he had been fired from his job after Swift told station managers that he had groped… Read More

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Statement on Charlottesville

Like many of you, we watched the events unfold in Charlottesville this weekend with heavy hearts and racing minds. Now more than ever we need leaders—who hold public office, run private companies, enjoy high public profiles, and are able to influence public debate—to denounce violence, hate, and bigotry and stand with communities who are… Read More

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Free Self-Defense and Creative Writing Workshop

BARCC is proud to partner again with the YWCA Boston and IMPACT to provide a free self-defense and creative writing workshop for individuals in Cambridge. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Cambridge Arts, these classes are intended to help people find the strength of their bodies and the power of… Read More

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Sharing Their Stories, Inspiring Change

Spotlight on the BARCC Survivor Speakers Bureau What can change people’s minds and move people to action? Hearing personal stories. That’s the idea behind BARCC’s Survivor Speakers Bureau (SSB). Formed in 1999 by a group of survivors, the SSB is made up of 20 volunteers who share their stories to educate others about the realities… Read More

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Betsy DeVos and Title IX

Check out our recent tweetstorm on the latest from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos regarding Title IX, which provides essential mandates for educational institutions in responding to survivors of sexual violence. Follow us on Twitter. [View the story "Betsy DeVos and Title IX" on Storify] Read More

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Op-Ed: Sexual Assault On Campus Is Real

(And I Can't Believe I Have To Say This In 2017.) Last week, a Department of Education official made comments trivializing incidents of campus sexual assault that involve alcohol. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, comments on how the official's comments and those who rush to her defense represent a… Read More