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Momentum Grows to Rename Wynn Boston Harbor

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We’re pleased to see momentum building in the community for calling on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to require that that the casino being built in Everett by Wynn Resorts not bear the name of its founder Steve Wynn. Multiple employees, including one who received a $7.5 million settlement from Wynn, have reported that Wynn sexually assaulted them. Wynn has denied the reports.

In recent days, Jane Doe, Inc. has called on the Gaming Commission to “do the right thing” and take Wynn’s name off of the project. Gov. Charlie Baker has said that the Commission must consider renaming the casino. Attorney General Maura Healey, Congressman Michael Capuano, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley all say that the casino should not bear Wynn’s name.

In addition to state leaders, the Boston Business Journal has editorialized that the casino, currently known as Wynn Boston Harbor, must be renamed: “It's time for Massachusetts gaming commissioners to do more than investigate. Certainly, there's no stopping the casino's construction, and it's too far along for another casino operator to move in. . . . No, even as the investigation continues, one step seems clear: Change the name, an idea first mentioned by local nonprofit The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. If Greater Boston must have a casino, it shouldn't bear the Wynn name.”

After the Wall Street Journal published multiple reports of sexual misconduct against Wynn by his employees, the Wynn name joined those of Weinstein, Spacey, Lauer, and Nassar in immediately communicating a deeply negative image to the public, and we issued a call to the community and state leaders to keep Wynn’s name off of the Everett casino.

As our Executive Director Gina Scaramella told the Boston Globe in February, keeping Wynn’s name on the project would be a mistake: “Take the time and ask yourself: What values does that show?”

There’s still time to make your voice heard on this issue. Learn more and join our call to action.

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Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center provides free, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends. We work with survivors regardless of when the violence occurred, and our goal is to empower survivors to heal. We also work with a wide range of organizations and communities, including schools, colleges, and police, to advocate for change. We provide training in how to respond to survivors and create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place.

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