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Shattering His Shame: One Man’s Journey To Healing

The following post was written by Jim Holland, a survivor who came to BARCC for counseling and serves as a Survivor Speakers Bureau volunteer. *Content note: childhood sexual violence. I was a typical 13-year-old boy growing up in South Boston. I attended Catholic school, was an altar boy, and had many friends. I also had a very close and unique relationship… Read More

Lori, a volunteer with BARCC's Survivor Speakers Bureau, poses with her three children

Finding Solace in Speaking Out about Her Abuse

The following post shares the experience of Lori, a volunteer with BARCC’s Survivor Speakers Bureau. *Content note: childhood sexual violence. Lori is a loving mother of three, a successful attorney, and a lifelong athlete. She’s also a survivor of two years of sexual abuse at the hands of a neighbor she used to babysit for. Today, Lori… Read More

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BARCC Historic Highlights: Introducing Services for Men

Jim Holland joined BARCC’s Survivor Speakers Bureau about five years ago. He’s since shared his story of surviving childhood sexual assault with groups of high school students, parents, and a Division I champion hockey team, among many others. “I wanted to give something back to BARCC,” Holland said, recalling how dramatically… Read More

After Years of Isolation, a Survivor Finds Hope and Strength

The following post shares the experience of Cory, a survivor who has called BARCC’s hotline, has come to BARCC for counseling, and serves as a Survivor Speakers Bureau volunteer. Content note: sexual violence. Fifteen years ago, Cory was assaulted. Twice. Within seven months. The aftermath left him feeling angry and isolated.   The first… Read More

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Running 26.2 Miles on the Road to Healing

This post was written by A.S., a survivor who has called BARCC’s hotline and come to BARCC for individual and group counseling. *Content note: personal story of healing from sexual violence. I woke up one morning years ago knowing that something profound had happened and couldn’t be reversed. I remember calling my mom and crying the kind… Read More

Inch by Inch, I Have Reclaimed Myself

Kalie Wilkerson delivered this speech at the 2017 Champions for Change Gala & Auction. It has been edited for length. Content note: sexual violence. When I was 19 years old, I fell in love for the first time. I was also 19 the first time I was raped. Unfortunately both of those firsts were with the same person. When we met, he was charming. He was… Read More

BARCC Historic Highlights: First Hotline Caller

On March 26, 1973, the Boston Globe published a blurb no more than three inches long: “Rape center opens today.” The headline caught the eye of a man who had taken his coworker to the hospital and police after an assault the night before. He told his coworker, “you have to call these people.” Dory Cote was the first person to… Read More

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Finding My Voice After 25 Years of Shame

This post is written by a survivor who has participated in BARCC’s counseling groups for male survivors. This survivor also volunteers at BARCC as a member of the Survivor Speakers Bureau. Content note: childhood sexual violence. My name is Kevin. I’m 49 years old. I’m married and the father of three children. I’m also a survivor… Read More

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Cultivating Connections to Serve Survivors

Community Professionals Training Profile: Ashleigh Hala, Babson CollegeIf there’s one word to describe Ashleigh Hala, the inaugural director of Babson College’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services, it’s busy. From advocating for student survivors in school proceedings to planning education campaigns on… Read More

The Next Generation of Leaders against Sexual Violence

If the onslaught of media coverage of sexual assault has you discouraged, we have an antidote. It comes in the form of 10 young people, all members of BARCC's innovative Youth Leadership Corps (YLC). These youth are the next generation of leaders in the movement to end sexual violence. Created in 2015 as part of the Youth Access to Support and Services… Read More