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How Your Participation in the Walk for Change Helps Survivors

Large stream of participants at a previous Walk for Change with purple, orange, and white balloons

Here’s what survivors say about BARCC:

“After my boyfriend assaulted me I had nowhere to go. I have three kids—and who could take us in? BARCC’s case manager found a place in a shelter that could take us all. They also gave me a hopeline phone so now I can call for help.”

“I called BARCC one day, and I asked them where I could get help. When they told they could help me, I felt so relieved. I had called so many places and they didn’t [serve] men with my past. BARCC even got me connected with a group of other male survivors. I knew I wasn’t alone.”

“I met a BARCC medical advocate when I took my daughter to the hospital. After talking with the advocate for a while, I ended up telling her that I had been abused as a girl. In my culture you don’t tell people these things. She told me I could go to BARCC for counseling and even though I wasn’t sure about it, I did. I ended up seeing a counselor regularly and began to truly heal from what happened so long ago. I even ended up starting a nonprofit to help other kids who were abused.”

Safety. Shelter. Community. Counseling. Advocacy. These are just a few of the essential needs that many survivors have as they cope with being sexually assaulted and begin the complex process of healing, regardless of when the violence occurred. Every day, BARCC meets those needs—and many more—as we empower survivors of all genders to heal. We can’t do it alone.

BARCC’s annual Walk for Change funds this life-saving work. While we are enormously proud of the work that our dedicated, compassionate, and highly trained staff and volunteers do with survivors, the truth is we could not do what we do without you. Your participation in the Walk will enable BARCC to continue assisting survivors in crisis and long after. It will keep us advocating for change and teaching others how to create cultures that prevent sexual violence. It will allow us to keep providing free counseling, medical advocacy, hotline support, legal advocacy, assistance navigating housing and financial challenges, and more—all the things survivors like those quoted above need to heal. And helping survivors heal and making our communities safer saves lives.

In today’s complex and often confusing social and political landscape, it can feel overwhelming to know who to help and how to help them. On Sunday, April 23, you can take a few easy, concrete steps (okay, maybe it’s more like a couple thousand steps) to help survivors of sexual violence and create social change. Register for BARCC’s 2017 Walk for Change today.

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s first staffer solely dedicated to communications, Jessica L. Atcheson leads strategies to advance BARCC’s mission and raise its organizational profile. She develops, implements, and evaluates strategic communications initiatives in a variety of online and offline channels. Prior to joining BARCC, Jessica served as the writer and editor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights nonprofit. She began her career in nonprofit communications at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she worked as associate editor. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Hamilton College, studied at Oxford University, and served as a survivor advocate through the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She volunteers at the Network/La Red, which works to end partner abuse and support LGBQ/T survivors.

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