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Celebrating Legislative Victories in Massachusetts

The past 12 months have been momentous for BARCC and our mission to end sexual violence. We opened a new satellite office and launched our dedicated legislative advocacy program. The strides we’ve made pushing for legislative and policy change at the Massachusetts State House to improve the lives of survivors of sexual assault and harassment have… Read More

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What We Owe Each Other: Enthusiastic Consent

The following post is written by Ian Downie, BARCC marketing and communications intern. As the #MeToo movement continues, the general public is talking more about consent. While it’s great that more of these conversations are happening, nuanced education around consent isn’t readily available for everyone. As a result, the #MeToo movement,… Read More

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Want Lasting Change Out of #MeToo? Here’s How.

A few months ago, I was having a conversation with a young couple who wanted to support BARCC, and they asked me an incredible yet simple question: “How can we have the biggest impact on BARCC’s growth?” Their question transformed our conversation. It showed me that they wanted to be partners in our growth to reach and support more… Read More

Advocating for Laws and Comprehensive Budgets that Support Survivors

In 2010, a decade of work came to fruition. Ten years of collaborative effort resulted in the passing of a harassment prevention law that survivors of sexual violence can use to legally prevent their harasser from contacting them. The law enabled a harassment prevention order that, if violated, can be an arrestable offense for the harasser, that applies… Read More

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Putting On Your Active Bystander Sweater at Work

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the WorkplaceThis is the final in a series of three posts on workplace sexual harassment and assault. Don’t miss the first and second: “Do I Have to Put Up with This?” and “What Are My Options?” In this post, a member of our Community Awareness and Prevention Services team talks about preventing… Read More

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BARCC Board President Beth Molnar Receives Myra Kraft Community MVP Award

The New England Patriots Foundation Honors Her Leadership and Committed Service to SurvivorsBoston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) Board of Directors President Beth Molnar was recently honored for her remarkable service and dedication to BARCC and survivors of sexual violence. At a luncheon at Gillette Stadium in June, Beth received a Myra Kraft Community… Read More

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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