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Historic Highlights: Media Coverage of Sexual Assault Reflects a Changing Culture

If you think the media does a poor job covering sexual violence today, check out how it was done 45 years ago, when BARCC was founded. Few media outlets wrote about sexual assault and when they did, the language is rudimentary and lacks nuance—a direct reflection of the fact that up until the rape crisis center movement of the 1970s, U.S. society… Read More

Historic Highlights: Formalizing BARCC’s Youth Initiative

BARCC’s work with youth began with the founding. From the beginning, teenagers called the hotline and volunteers held workshops and speaking engagements at schools. But the formalization of the youth initiative didn’t come until later. One of the first regularly occurring youth programs was a class at a school in Chelsea around 2008. Steph… Read More

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What Are My Options?

Workplace Sexual Harassment and AssaultThis is the second in a series of posts on workplace sexual harassment and assault. In the first post, our Legal Advocacy team talked about dynamics of power and control as well as legal definitions. In this post, they will cover legal protections and options and how BARCC supports survivors. Content note: descriptions… Read More

What Do I Say? How to Support Survivors

The first time disclosing—the term we use for telling a friend, family member, or doctor that someone assaulted you—is a big deal. How that person responds can significantly influence  whether a survivor seeks further services: poor responses can retraumatize a person and delay their journey to healing. That’s the thinking behind… Read More

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Youth Leadership Corps: Sexual Violence Takes Many Forms

Last year, BARCC's Youth Leadership Corps (YLC) thought up a series of PSA videos that address youths' role in the mission to end sexual violence. They've worked on those videos with the Tranformative Culture Project: creating story boards, writing scripts, and even acting. The latest video, "Sexual Violence Takes Many Forms," portrays everyday… Read More

Speak Up, Speak Out against Sexual Violence

This post shares the experience of Ali, a survivor who has used BARCC’s medical advocacy, hotline, and legal advocacy services. *Content note: sexual violence. Ali is a singer, songwriter, and recent college graduate. Two years ago, another student sexually assaulted her. They’d been talking for a few weeks, and he offered to bring her dinner… Read More

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Do I Have to Put Up with This?

Sexual Harassment in the WorkplaceThis is the first in a series of posts on workplace sexual harassment. Our Legal Advocacy team will talk about dynamics of power and control as well as legal definitions. In future posts, they will cover legal protections and options, the active bystander role, and how BARCC supports survivors and their loved ones.… Read More

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A Word to the Walkers from a BARCC Founder

The following note was written by Janet Yassen, one of BARCC’s founders 45 years ago, to all the people gathered at the BARCC Walk for Change today.   Dearest BARCC and those of you who have gathered to make the world a better, safer, and more peaceful place, Although I am not physically present with you today, I wanted to share my joy and… Read More

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BARCC Joins State House Demonstration to Make Every Voice Heard

Today, we will join the Every Voice coalition in a peaceful demonstration at the State House to request passage of two bills that, if enacted, would increase the safety of students and staff studying and working at colleges and universities. House bill 4159 would require every Massachusetts college and university to administer an anonymous sexual assault… Read More

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How Do You Embrace Your Voice?

As we head into Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), we’re excited to launch a new resource for survivors and invite you to several BARCC community events this April! The SAAM theme this year is “Embrace Your Voice.” For some that might mean speaking publicly as a survivor, and for others it might mean deciding not to share your… Read More