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Media: Interim Title IX Guidelines Leave Advocates for Assault Survivors Concerned

Stephanie DeCandia, BARCC's director of programs, explained how changes to Title IX Guidance could affect survivors in an interview with Metro Boston. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced plans to revoke the Title IX Guidance issued in 2011 under the Obama administration. DeCandia noted in her interview that the interim guidelines… Read More

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Media: Trump Administration Scraps Obama-Era Sexual Assault Guidelines

Last week, BARCC Director of Programs Stephanie DeCandia spoke with Kirk Carapezza, lead correspondent and managing editor of WGBH's On Campus, to discuss the decision to formally revoke the Title IX Guidance. The Trump administration rescinded the Guidance, which was issued in 2011 to address sexual assault on college… Read More

Letter: Title IX Directive Was Put in Place to Correct Lapses in School Policies

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Trump administration would begin an open comment period as the first step in replacing the Title IX Guidance. BARCC's Director of Programs Stephanie DeCandia shared her knowledge and experience on the topic in a letter to the editor published in the Boston Globe on Monday,… Read More

Op-Ed: DeVos Halts Progress Toward Ending Campus Rape

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella took on the Trump administration's planned rollback of the Title IX Guidance in a recent op-ed for the Hill. In a speech earlier this month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she would replace the Title IX Guidance, which was issued in 2011 by the Obama administration. The… Read More

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Media: Trump Administration Plans Rollback Of Campus Assault Rules

The Boston Globe recently reported on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' accouncement that the Trump administration plans to replace Title IX Guidance, which was issued in 2011 under the Obama administration. Reporter Stephanie Ebbert quoted BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella's statement on the announcement, which expressed disappointment… Read More

Letter: As Hockey Pro’s Case Suggests, We’re Still Failing to Protect Youth From Abuse

In a letter to the editor published Sunday in the Boston Globe, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella responded to the tragic story of a hockey pro's death, and the alleged abuse that led up to it. Gina urges institutions like schools and sporting leagues to develop clear written policy regarding appropriate behavior and training for parents… Read More

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Media: Law Firms Focused On Those Accused Of Campus Sexual Assault Open Doors In Boston

The Boston Globe's Dugan Arnett reported recently that a law firm that focuses on representing students accused of campus sexual assault has opened an office in Boston. In the article, BARCC Staff Attorney Patricia McNamara offers a defense of Title IX guidelines and survivors' choices in seeking justice after sexual violence. Excerpt: "'Lots… Read More

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Media: Opioid Drug Users Tell Of Rarely Discussed Injury: Rape

In this recent WBUR piece reported by Martha Bebinger, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella shares insight into sexual violence in the context of the opioid crisis.  Excerpt: "There’s little data about sexual assault during the opioid epidemic, but Gina Scaramella, director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, says she isn’t surprised… 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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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