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Press Release: Prudential Tower Will Shine in Support of Survivors of Sexual Harassment and Assault

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Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to Participate in Annual 31 Nights of Light

On the night of Tuesday, December 19, the Prudential Tower will shine purple and orange to show support for survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Part of the annual 31 Nights of Light, this lighting will raise awareness for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), which will celebrate its 45th anniversary in March 2018.

BARCC invites supporters to gather at 6:00 p.m. on December 19 at the Prudential’s Center Court to “flip the switch” and celebrate the strength of survivors. In addition to an information table with resources, there will be a short speaking program.

Gina Scaramella, BARCC’s executive director, says, “We’re excited for this unique opportunity to showcase support for survivors and generate awareness of our free, confidential services for survivors and their families and friends. We hope the lights will inspire people to learn more, get involved, and take action to end sexual violence.”

The 31 Nights of Light program was introduced in 2009 to celebrate local Boston-area organizations and draw attention to the great work they do in Boston and beyond. Utilizing a state-of-the-art LED lighting system, the 51st floor of the Prudential Tower will change color daily throughout December to honor participating community organizations.

About Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

Since 1973, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has been a leader in the movement to end sexual violence. BARCC empowers survivors of sexual violence to heal and provides education and advocacy for the social change needed to prevent sexual violence. BARCC provides free, confidential support to survivors of sexual violence and their families and friends. It also works with high schools, colleges, police, organizations, and communities to advocate for change by providing training in how to respond to survivors and create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place. For more information, please visit Follow BARCC on social media: Twitter @barcc; Instagram @barccofficial; Facebook /

For more information on Prudential Center Boston and the 31 Nights of Light, visit, follow @pruboston on Twitter or Instagram, or like Prudential Center Boston on Facebook.

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s marketing and communications manager, 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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