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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

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Statement on Charlottesville

Like many of you, we watched the events unfold in Charlottesville this weekend with heavy hearts and racing minds. Now more than ever we need leaders—who hold public office, run private companies, enjoy high public profiles, and are able to influence public debate—to denounce violence, hate, and bigotry and stand with communities who are… Read More

Statement on U.S. Senate’s Proposed Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Yesterday the United States Senate released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a proposed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “This bill, if passed, would result in serious harm to survivors of sexual violence.… Read More

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Statement on Mistrial in Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case

Today, Judge Steven T. O’Neill declared a mistrial in the prosecution of Bill Cosby of charges that he had sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, after jurors were unable to reach a conclusion. Prosecutors immediately announced that they will retry Cosby. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape… Read More