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Why the Prudential Will Be Purple and Orange on December 19

Save the date: on December 19 the Prudential Center will be lit up purple and orange! Those are the colors of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and we’re shining in support of survivors of sexual violence. The color change at the top of Boston’s iconic building is part of the 31 Nights of Light, a program founded in 2009 to celebrate Boston-area… Read More

Survivor speaker Kalie stands at podium with BARCC signage in front and purple curtains in background

A Record-Setting Show of Support at the Champions for Change Gala

Nearly 700 BARCC supporters, volunteers, and staff showed up for survivors this past Friday at our annual Champions for Change Gala & Auction. In addition to a rousing live auction, the evening featured a moving speaking program celebrating the strength of survivors as well as the holistic nature of BARCC’s services and advocacy. As national… Read More

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It’s About More than Vacations

Self-Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence Did you find yourself overwhelmed or triggered by the social media avalanche of #MeToo? Are you feeling stressed by work, neverending to-do lists, and chores? Sounds like it’s time for some self-care. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to book a fancy vacation or trip to the spa. Some people… Read More

The Basics of Title IX

What is Title IX? Title IX is a federal civil rights law, created in 1972 to protect equal access to education in schools that receive federal funding. Title IX governs sex discrimination and is applicable to all sexes and genders.  The purpose of Title IX is to ensure equal access to education; any actions taken by a school under Title IX are… Read More

Hotline volunteer Enid smiles for a photo in front of a painting of the BARCC logo.

Enid Levangie Creates Safe Spaces for Hotline Callers

Ten years ago, someone gave Enid Levangie a list of organizations that needed volunteers, and her eye was drawn to BARCC. Our Hotline program stood out to Enid based on her previous experience volunteering for hotlines and the crisis counseling aspect of the program. Today, Enid—now a nine-year hotline volunteer—has been honored as one of… Read More

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#MeToo? #HeresWhatToDo

Like nearly everyone else, we watched in amazement as the #MeToo movement took hold on social media. On Sunday, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women to tweet out #MeToo if they had experienced sexual harassment or assault, a campaign conceived years earlier by activist Tarana Burke. As of this writing, more than 12 million #MeToo posts have been… Read More

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Casting Call: Play a Role in the Movement to End Sexual Violence

BARCC’s Youth Leadership Corps (YLC) is filming a short video that will be shown in our educational workshops and shared through our online platforms. The video will portray everyday situations like street harassment, responding to friends’ disclosures, and unequal dress code expectations that make young people feel unsafe and contribute… Read More

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#MeToo, and It’s OK if You Choose Not to Say “Me Too”

The following post was written by Kristy Cullivan Sierra, BARCC’s development director. #MeToo is a movement on social media meant to bring attention to the magnitude of sexual violence. Since it went viral on Sunday, October 15, people have posted #MeToo on their Facebook and Twitter pages to indicate that they, too, have experienced sexual violence.… Read More

Walker Bristol Knows How to Engage an Audience

Walker Bristol was organizing workshops on sexual violence at Tufts University, but felt like their work was isolated on a college campus. Walker took the BARCC volunteer training with the intention of doing prevention work on a broader scale. Three years later, their incredible knack for connecting to audiences of all backgrounds has earned them the… Read More

Medical advocate volunteer Ashley Wells smiling at the camera.

Ashley Wells Goes Above and Beyond for Survivors

Ashley Wells stumbled upon the Medical Advocacy program at BARCC when she was unhappy with her work and was looking for volunteer opportunities in Boston. A Google search led her to the BARCC website, and the mission caught her eye. Three years later, and she’s been honored as one of our volunteers of the year for her dedication and reliability.… Read More