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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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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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