Posts tagged: Activism

A collage of newspaper headlines from articles that mentioned BARCC over the years

Historic Highlights: Media Coverage of Sexual Assault Reflects a Changing Culture

If you think the media does a poor job covering sexual violence today, check out how it was done 45 years ago, when BARCC was founded. Few media outlets wrote about sexual assault and when they did, the language is rudimentary and lacks nuance—a direct reflection of the fact that up until the rape crisis center movement of the 1970s, U.S. society… Read More

Historic Highlights: Formalizing BARCC’s Youth Initiative

BARCC’s work with youth began with the founding. From the beginning, teenagers called the hotline and volunteers held workshops and speaking engagements at schools. But the formalization of the youth initiative didn’t come until later. One of the first regularly occurring youth programs was a class at a school in Chelsea around 2008. Steph… Read More

What Do I Say? How to Support Survivors

The first time disclosing—the term we use for telling a friend, family member, or doctor that someone assaulted you—is a big deal. How that person responds can significantly influence  whether a survivor seeks further services: poor responses can retraumatize a person and delay their journey to healing. That’s the thinking behind… Read More

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Media: Massachusetts Activists Fight Battle for Comprehensive Sex Education in Schools

This week, the Rainbow Times reported on the status of the Healthy Youth Act, which would "mandate that public school districts offering sex education curricula expand their courses to provide more in-depth information on a range of issues related to sex, relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted… Read More

Lori, a volunteer with BARCC's Survivor Speakers Bureau, poses with her three children

Finding Solace in Speaking Out about Her Abuse

The following post shares the experience of Lori, a volunteer with BARCC’s Survivor Speakers Bureau. *Content note: childhood sexual violence. Lori is a loving mother of three, a successful attorney, and a lifelong athlete. She’s also a survivor of two years of sexual abuse at the hands of a neighbor she used to babysit for. Today, Lori… Read More

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Media: Wynn Boston Harbor Casino Will Be Renamed Encore Boston Harbor, Wynn Resorts CEO Says

Wynn Resorts officially revealed the new name for the Boston Harbor casino in Everett at a Massachusetts Gaming Commission hearing, MassLive.com reported.  Excerpt: "'This is a positive step forward for the company and the Commonwealth, and it shows that we've reached a tipping point in how our culture responds to sexual harassment… Read More

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Media: Wynn Resorts Has A New Name for the Everett Casino: Encore Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts officially revealed the new name for the Boston Harbor casino in Everett at a Massachusetts Gaming Commission hearing, the Boston Globe reported.  Excerpt: "Gina Scaramella, the director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, described the name change as 'a positive step forward for the company and the Commonwealth, and it shows… Read More

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Youth Leadership Corps: Sexual Violence Takes Many Forms

Last year, BARCC's Youth Leadership Corps (YLC) thought up a series of PSA videos that address youths' role in the mission to end sexual violence. They've worked on those videos with the Tranformative Culture Project: creating story boards, writing scripts, and even acting. The latest video, "Sexual Violence Takes Many Forms," portrays everyday… Read More

Speak Up, Speak Out against Sexual Violence

This post shares the experience of Ali, a survivor who has used BARCC’s medical advocacy, hotline, and legal advocacy services. *Content note: sexual violence. Ali is a singer, songwriter, and recent college graduate. Two years ago, another student sexually assaulted her. They’d been talking for a few weeks, and he offered to bring her dinner… Read More

Statement: BARCC Praises Proposal to Change Name of Everett Casino

Today, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox proposed removing the name “Wynn” from the Boston Harbor Casino currently being constructed in Everett. Steve Wynn resigned as chairman and chief executive of the company in February after reports were made public that he had harassed and sexually assaulted employees for decades and had paid a $7.5 million… Read More

Media: April 22 Walk to Highlight Sexual Violence

Chris Lovett, of Boston Neighborhood Network News, interviewed BARCC Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor about the Walk for Change this week. Excerpt:  "It doesn't matter when the assault happened. We're going to see you, and we're going to provide you free confidential support"  Watch… Read More

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Media: In #MeToo Era, BARCC Walk for Change Extra-Special for Survivors of Sexual Assault

BARCC Survivor Speaker Volunteer Kim Warnick was on the cover of Metro Boston this week to talk about the Walk for Change and what it's like to be a survivor in the midst of the #MeToo movement.  Excerpt: “This is a place where you can maybe take a step beyond witnessing #MeToo,” Warnick said, “and show up for survivors… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to House Ways and Means Recommended Funding

Executive Director Gina Scaramella on House Ways and Means Committee Recommended Funding of Sexual and Domestic Violence Support and Services“We’re pleased that the House Ways and Means Committee recognizes the vital role played by community-based organizations providing services to survivors of sexual and domestic assault and… Read More

After Years of Isolation, a Survivor Finds Hope and Strength

The following post shares the experience of Cory, a survivor who has called BARCC’s hotline, has come to BARCC for counseling, and serves as a Survivor Speakers Bureau volunteer. Content note: sexual violence. Fifteen years ago, Cory was assaulted. Twice. Within seven months. The aftermath left him feeling angry and isolated.   The first… Read More

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BARCC Joins State House Demonstration to Make Every Voice Heard

Today, we will join the Every Voice coalition in a peaceful demonstration at the State House to request passage of two bills that, if enacted, would increase the safety of students and staff studying and working at colleges and universities. House bill 4159 would require every Massachusetts college and university to administer an anonymous sexual assault… Read More

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Media: ‘Encore Boston Harbor’? Wynn Boston Harbor Casino Could Get Renamed, Executives Acknowledge

MassLive.com recently reported that executives at Wynn Boston Harbor are considering dropping the name "Wynn" in light of reports of sexual assault by casino mogul Steve Wynn, a step that the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center called for last month.  Excerpt: "The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center has called for the removal of [Wynn's] name, saying… Read More

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How Do You Embrace Your Voice?

As we head into Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), we’re excited to launch a new resource for survivors and invite you to several BARCC community events this April! The SAAM theme this year is “Embrace Your Voice.” For some that might mean speaking publicly as a survivor, and for others it might mean deciding not to share your… Read More

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Envision a World without Sexual Assault and Harassment with Jaclyn Friedman

Coauthor of Yes Means Yes to Speak at Walk for ChangeOn April 22, thousands of people will gather at the BARCC Walk for Change. People of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and identities. People from throughout the Greater Boston area and beyond. What do they have in common? The passion to say #IBelieveYou to #MeToo and the vision to end sexual violence.… Read More

Out in front, Lynn (third from right) and the CAPS team on a team-building outing to the ICA in Boston. July 21, 2017

In Remembrance of Dedicated BARCC Volunteer Lynn Hinerman

You know your community is strong when you come together to process a loss. In February 2018, we lost a longtime volunteer and friend Lynn Hinerman. Lynn was involved in BARCC since its early days and was an active member of the Community Awareness and Prevention Services (CAPS) team. Many staff and volunteers wrote to share a memory of Lynn, please… Read More

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#Bark4BARCC at the Walk for Change

Walk for Change participants are greeted at the park every year by BARCC staff and volunteers, their fellow walkers, and a lot of happy dogs. One of those dogs is Daisy Monsoon, a bright-eyed corgi who first took on the 2.6-mile loop four years ago. Daisy’s person, Madeline Brodt, heard about the Walk from a friend and BARCC hotline volunteer.… Read More