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Op-Ed: The Larry Nassar Case Reminds Us: Listen to Survivors, Period

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Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced last week, following victim impact statements from more than 150 survivors. In light of those accounts, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe on lessons for institutional leaders who are grappling with reports of sexual abuse and those who are trying to implement prevention-based policies. 

Excerpt: "Survivors of sexual assault are forced to confront the past every day. They must train at the ranch, return to work, or go back to school. Traversing the spectrum from victim to survivor is no easy journey, and the worst thing you can offer a survivor is an empty promise while taking away options. All of us need sexual violence prevention that results in real change; survivors deserve it."

To read the full article, "The Larry Nassar case reminds us: Listen to survivors, period," visit the Boston Globe website

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Taylor Rapalyea
Taylor Rapalyea serves as BARCC's marketing and communications coordinator. She helps implement communications plans, creates content, and provides support for organizational communications, all to further public knowledge of BARCC's mission and services. Taylor brings four years of local news reporting and editing to BARCC, and has worked at Patch News, the Salem News, and the Gloucester Daily Times. She learned video reporting and editing at the Boston Herald, and served as editor of the Simmons Voice while studying journalism and public relations at Simmons College.

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