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Media: Opioid Drug Users Tell Of Rarely Discussed Injury: Rape

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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. 

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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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