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Op-Ed: Advice for USA Gymnastics

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(Applies to Any Org Accused of Ignoring Sexual Abuse)

The most recent in a long line of organizations taken to task for their failure to address sexual abuse, USA Gymnastics has been in the headlines for having ignored and minimized allegations of sexual abuse. In a Huffington Post op-ed, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella offers advice for organizations and institutions that need to hold themselves accountable and enact changes to prevent future abuse from happening. 

Excerpt: "It is not possible for an organization to move on from incidences of sexual abuse until and unless its leaders understand that they bear responsibility for having created a culture that permitted abuse to flourish and that it is their responsibility to change that culture. Sexual abuse does not occur in a vacuum. It takes root in organizations that are willing to sacrifice safety for reputation and deflect responsibility onto victims."

Read the full article, "Advice for USA Gymnastics," on the Huffington Post 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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