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Letter to the Editor: Criminal Justice System Ill-Prepared to Tackle Cases of Sexual Violence

In response to a recent Boston Globe article about the incarceration rate of rapists, BARCC Executive Director speaks to the shortcomings of the criminal justice system and the need for a broader and more nuanced view and approach. 

Excerpt: "Contrary to the view of one observer in your article, society is indeed 'soft on rape.' Deep-rooted attitudes and myths about sexual violence frame our criminal justice system. That there were a mere 305 rape convictions in Massachusetts in 12 years only begins to tell this story. In 2015 alone, advocates at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center accompanied 425 survivors, and this was just at Boston-area hospitals. What happens to the thousands of rape survivors and offenders who are not involved with prosecution?"

Read the full letter to the editor on the Boston Globe's website.

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s marketing and communications manager, 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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