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Survivor Speakers Bureau Training

Do you want to share your experience with sexual violence to inspire change? 

BARCC is hosting a survivor speaker training for people interested in sharing their stories with media, in legislative actions, and elsewhere.

“The Speakers Bureau Training is such a supportive environment where I learned how to share my story in ways that educate others about sexual violence and inspire advocacy and action.” –Sarah, survivor speaker for more than five years

The training will focus on how to tell your story, interact with audiences, and answer questions. This training will give you the tools to do the following: 

  • Speak with the media
  • Be a part of legislative action
  • Speak with schools, colleges, and communities
  • Use your voice to create change

BARCC's Survivor Speakers Bureau is also a great opportunity to connect with other survivor speakers. 

Training details

Location: All trainings will be held at BARCC's 99 Bishop Allen Dr. office located in Cambridge, MA.  There is metered parking and the office is easily accessible by public transit near the Central Square stop on the Red Line and several bus routes.

Time: Monday evenings, 6:30–8:00 p.m. 

Dates: October 17-December 5. 

Notes: Speakers must be able to commit to all of the dates of training.  The Survivors Speakers Bureau is open to survivors of all genders.

For more information: Contact Steph Trilling, director of BARCC's Community Awareness and Prevention Services, at 617-492-8306 or via e-mail

Applications due: Friday, September 16

Download the application. 

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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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