What a year it has been, folks. Plenty of heartbreaking events, and some that buoyed us more than we can say. As we go into 2018, we will continue to do all we can to support survivors in our communities and bring attention to the issue of sexual violence.
To round out the year, we took a look at the most-viewed BARCC blog posts in 2017. We grew a lot this year, and we’re looking forward to growing even more in 2018—which will officially mark BARCC’s 45th year in existence!
Our very own Development Director Kristy Cullivan Sierra wrote this post about her conflicted feelings regarding the #MeToo movement, created roughly 10 years ago by activist Tarana Burke. Kristy writes about the pressure put on survivors to fix sexual violence and what tangible steps people can take to support survivors. If you feel up for reading a #MeToo post, we recommend this one.
Vicarious trauma is a reality of direct service. Acknowledging it and being practical about solutions is key for coping. Here, we talk about ways that individuals can practice self-care and how organizations can support their employees in practicing self-care. A great organizational New Year’s resolution!
Self-care as a concept can often seem inaccessible to people who can’t afford vacations or to take themselves on a shopping spree. But it’s not only about that (although if it is for you, that’s great!). Self-care can be especially difficult for survivors, but is even more important to practice. In this post, we talk about ways to think about self-care as well as accessible things to practice.
BARCC is powered by volunteers. An important aspect of our volunteer program is the Survivor Speakers Bureau, which is comprised of 20 volunteers who share their stories to help people understand various aspects of sexual violence. Our survivor speakers are extraordinary—read more about them and the program!
Books can do so much for people. They can make us feel less alone and help us see things from a different viewpoint. We compiled 10 book recommendations from our staff, volunteers, and supporters on social media. Check it out, and we encourage you to comment on that post with your own recommendations!