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Statement: BARCC Condemns President Trump’s Mocking of Survivor

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump openly mocked Christine Blasey Ford at a campaign rally. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response:

“In the wake of this incredibly surreal and deeply distressing moment, we want to communicate a clear and concise message to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones: We see you. We hear you. We believe you. Most important? We are here for you. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center is one of many across the country working with, for, and alongside survivors during this incredibly difficult time, and we will not stop.

“We also want to remind you that no matter how it feels, you are not alone. The president’s remarks were met with quick and decisive condemnation by civic leaders and other advocates across the political spectrum. We know, as you already do, that sexual violence is not a partisan issue. It affects everyone, and all those affected deserve to be listened to with respect. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo resurgence, nothing and no one can roll back the progress of this movement.”

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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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