Press Release: More Than 1,900 People Show Support for Survivors at Walk for Change

Attendees Raise Over $245,000 for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in Midst of #MeToo The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that more than 1,900 attendees took part in its Annual Walk for Change on April 22 to demonstrate their support for survivors of sexual assault and harassment. The largest gathering in New England raising… 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

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Historic Highlights: BARCC’s First Full-Time Staffer

Sohaila Abdulali was 21 years old and had just graduated from college when she saw an ad in the Boston Phoenix: “rape crisis center looking for coordinator.” She had written her thesis on the subject of rape, but had no idea where to go for a job. This would be Sohaila’s first job, so she didn’t know enough to be scared of an… Read More

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Envision a World without Sexual Assault and Harassment with Jaclyn Friedman

Coauthor of Yes Means Yes to Speak at Walk for Change On April 22, thousands of people will gather at the BARCC Walk for Change. People of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and identities. People from throughout the Greater Boston area and beyond. What do they have in common? The passion to say #IBelieveYou to #MeToo and the vision to end sexual… Read More

Out in front, Lynn (third from right) and the CAPS team on a team-building outing to the ICA in Boston. July 21, 2017

In Remembrance of Dedicated BARCC Volunteer Lynn Hinerman

You know your community is strong when you come together to process a loss. In February 2018, we lost a longtime volunteer and friend Lynn Hinerman. Lynn was involved in BARCC since its early days and was an active member of the Community Awareness and Prevention Services (CAPS) team. Many staff and volunteers wrote to share a memory of Lynn, please… Read More

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Walk for Change—Fun for the Whole Family!

Surviving sexual assault is serious business. Advocating for sexual assault survivors is serious business. Loving and supporting a survivor is serious business. Even as the #MeToo movement is bringing unprecedented awareness of sexual assault and harassment to the fore of public consciousness and turbo charging the work to change the culture, the daily… Read More

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We’re Coming to Waltham

Additional BARCC Office to Open We’re excited to announce that BARCC will be opening a new office in Waltham. The office, which will be located in the Moody Street area, will offer survivors of sexual violence in the MetroWest communities with a closer-to-home option for in-person support. Survivors and their loved ones will be able to talk through… Read More

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BARCC Praises MA Legislature for Enacting Health Care Confidentiality Bill

Update April 2, 2018: We're excited to share that Governor Baker has signed the PATCH Act into law!  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted the Act to Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (PATCH). This bill ensures that when multiple people are on the same insurance plan, confidential health care information is not shared… Read More