In this recent WBUR piece reported by Martha Bebinger, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella shares insight into sexual violence in the context of the opioid crisis.
Excerpt: "There’s little data about sexual assault during the opioid epidemic, but Gina Scaramella, director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, says she isn’t surprised by Kristin’s account. 'I would almost be surprised if that wasn’t the case, to be 100 percent honest,' Scaramella says. That’s because some assailants seek women and men who they expect will be unconscious or semiconscious. Drug users may already be hiding from public view, and many have lost connections that might offer protection. 'Like a job, stable housing, people that know where they are and care where they are,' Scaramella says. 'The isolation piece is a huge vulnerability for sexual violence because the offender will see that as an opportunity.'"
Read and listen to the full piece, "Opioid Drug Users Tell Of Rarely Discussed Injury: Rape," on the WBUR website. Content note: graphic personal stories of sexual assault and drug use.