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Why Are We Talking about a Casino?

Headlines from several media sources:

You may have seen in the Boston Globe yesterday that we’re calling on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and state leadership to ensure that the casino being built in Everett by Wynn Resorts does not display the name of its founder Steve Wynn. Wynn resigned as chairman and chief executive of the company on Wednesday after reports were made public that he had harassed and sexually assaulted employees for decades.

We don’t always weigh in on issues like this, but we see this as an important opportunity for our state to show leadership by demanding that the companies who do business here are held accountable when they look the other way in response to reports of workplace sexual harassment and abuse.

As we explained in our statement, this isn’t about shielding survivors from the name of a reported long-time offender. And this isn’t about the casino itself. It’s about insisting on a symbolic piece of community accountability. We don’t need Steve Wynn’s name across the skyline in any of our communities. And the Gaming Commission and state leaders have the power to make that be so.

So let’s tell them what we think! Please join us in contacting the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and let them know that you don’t want the Everett casino to bear the name of a person reported to have serially sexually harassed and assaulted employees. Then share this post on FacebookTwitter, and beyond (share buttons are below!) and ask others to join the call. 

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Posted by Gina Scaramella

Gina Scaramella
Gina Scaramella, LICSW, provides the vision and strategic leadership to advance BARCC's mission. As executive director since 2003, she works closely with people within and outside of the organization to continually grow and improve it. Gina began at BARCC as a volunteer hotline counselor in 1989 before heading to graduate school. She joined staff in 1995 to coordinate the medical and legal advocacy programs. Gina has grown BARCC’s budget nearly three­fold and developed the infrastructure to ensure BARCC's positive impact for survivors, in our communities, and beyond. Gina has worked nationally as an expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was part of the EMPOWER leadership team, which was tasked with formulating Massachusetts’s approach to preventing sexual violence. She also served as an expert for the federal Defending Childhood Project of the Boston Public Health Commission. Currently she is on the board of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, the project management team of the National Telenursing Center, the advisory board for the Indicators Project of the Vera Center for Justice, and the leadership team of the National Vicarious Trauma Tool Kit project with Northeastern University. Gina holds an LICSW license and earned her master of social work degree from Boston University.

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