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Media: Activist Training Gets Bostonians Involved in Fighting Islamophobia

The Metro Boston reported today on a series of workshops being hosted by the Boston chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, including one focused on bystander intervention to be conducted by BARCC. The Metro spoke with Steph Trilling, director of BARCC's Community Awareness and Prevention Services, about the training. 

Excerpt: "On Wednesday, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) will lead another session that focuses on bystander intervention training. BARCC teaches intervention skills at colleges, high schools and more, usually in the context of sexual assault or violence, but for this they’ll adapt their lesson to apply to harassment or hate crimes because of racism. 'One of the key takeaways is that there's always something you can do [as a bystander],' said Steph Trilling, BARCC’s director of Community Awareness and Prevention Services. 'It’s about really thinking of what can you do in that moment, rather than ignoring something or walking away.'"

Read the full article on the Metro's website. 

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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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