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Statement: BARCC Responds to Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Today, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform, which aims to create a more equitable system of criminal justice while also increasing public safety by implementing sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system. These reforms include changes to the state’s system for handling sexual assault evidence… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to House Ways and Means Recommended Funding

Executive Director Gina Scaramella on House Ways and Means Committee Recommended Funding of Sexual and Domestic Violence Support and Services “We’re pleased that the House Ways and Means Committee recognizes the vital role played by community-based organizations providing services to survivors of sexual and domestic assault and… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Legislature Passing Criminal Justice Reform Bill

This week, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to pass An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform, which aims to create a more equitable system of criminal justice while also increasing public safety by implementing sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system. These reforms include changes to the state’s system for handling sexual assault… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Indictment of Bryon Hefner

On Thursday, Bryon Hefner, the husband of state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, was indicted by a grand jury on five felony charges of sexual assault, one count of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, and four counts of disseminating nude photographs without consent. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella issued the following… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Calls on State Leadership to Prevent Naming of Casino after Steve Wynn

Today, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center calls on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and state lawmakers to ensure that the casino being built in Everett by Wynn Resorts does not display the name of its founder Steve Wynn. Wynn resigned as chairman and chief executive of the company on Wednesday… Read More

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BARCC Response to Reports About Senate President’s Husband

November 30, 2017—Today, the Boston Globe reported that four men have said that Bryon Hefner, the husband of Senate President Stan Rosenberg, has sexually assaulted them. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella issued the following statement in response: “Coming on the heels of so many other reports of sexual… Read More

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BARCC Response to Reports of Sexual Harassment on Beacon Hill

Last week, the Boston Globe reported on multiple incidents of sexual harassment experienced by women who work on Beacon Hill. The report came after similar stories have been made public by women who work in both California and Rhode Island’s state legislatures. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella issued the following… Read More

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Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Replace Title IX Guidance

Today, during a speech at George Mason University, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Trump administration would replace the Obama administration’s 2011 Title IX Guidance to colleges and universities. The guidance was issued because many schools were violating the requirements of Title IX—which directs institutions… Read More

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Statement on the DACA Decision

On Tuesday, President Trump announced that his administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which permits young adults who entered the country illegally to attend college and obtain employment. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, offered the following statement in response:… Read More

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Support Survivors in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

The world has watched in alarm as Hurricane Harvey devastates southeastern Texas and the people who call it home. People across the nation have donated what they can to the region in the forms of funds and basic supplies. The City of Boston sent seven truckloads of diapers, clothing, toiletries, and more to Texas on Friday. With the death toll at 39,… Read More