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Media: 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

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Media: Baker, Markey Lead Bipartisan Resistance to Senate Health Care Bill

Following the Senate release of the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act, Massachusetts legislators are speaking out against the bill. In a recent State House News Service story, featured in the Fall River Herald News and the Taunton Daily Gazette, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella spoke about the damaging implications of the bill for survivors… Read More

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Media: Sexual Violence Prevention Targets Students

Steph Trilling, director of BARCC's Community Awareness and Prevention Services, appeared yesterday on Boston Neighborhood Network News, talking about our work in local middle and high schools as well as on college campuses. With a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation, we are gearing up to expand that work.  Excerpt: "It is so important… Read More

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Media: Preventing School Abuse

In response to the latest wave of news on sexual abuse in prep schools, our Executive Director Gina Scaramella outlines ways that schools can work to prevent sexual abuse in a New York Times letter to the editor.  Excerpt: "There are steps that hiring managers at schools can take to reduce the likelihood of hiring a teacher who will abuse… Read More

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Press Release: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Receives $100K Award for Investment in the Future

Award is part of Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 program Cambridge, MA, May 25, 2017―The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that it has been awarded $100,000 by the Cummings Foundation. The grant was made through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program, which supports nonprofits in cities and… Read More

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Op-Ed: School Dress Codes Are Tougher on Girls than Boys

In her latest piece for WGBH News, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella shares her thoughts on the unfair messages that many school dress codes send—and how they can be remedied. Excerpt: "More typically, however, dress codes take aim at clothing worn by girls. These dress codes are rooted in the hard-to-die concept of boys and men being unable… Read More

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Media: For Rape Victims, New Law Would Pose Worrisome Implications

In a Boston Globe Opinion letter to the editor, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella responded to a recent op-ed on the rhetoric of the health-care debate. Excerpt: "In fact, treatment for health care conditions related to rape would most certainly be considered preexisting conditions under the American Health Care Act. That is how the health… Read More

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How Health “Reform” Will Make Sexual Assault Survivors Sick

A version of this piece was originally published in the Hill on May 3, 2017. So far, we know that about 24 million Americans stand to lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is replaced with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We know that most of those 24 million people will be low-income. We also know… Read More

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Media: Health “Reform” Will Make Sexual Assault Survivors Sick

In an op-ed for the Hill, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella breaks down how the American Health Care Act (ACHA), legislation currently making its way through Washington, would harm survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: "We also know that groups of people who experience significant health care disparities, such as lesbian, gay,… Read More

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Media: Shedding New Light on Sex Assault Epidemic

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella appeared on NECN's The Take with Sue O'Connell on April 27, discussing recent high-profile cases of sexual harassment, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the BARCC Walk for Change, and more!  Excerpt: "I think what we've seen, especially in some of the recent cases, is just how insidious… Read More