Entries tagged: Activism

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Registration for Walk for Change Is Open, New Location Announced

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 13th Annual Walk for Change Will Take Place April 28 in East Boston Registration is open for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 13th annual Walk for Change, which will take place on Sunday, April 28. The Walk is the largest event in New England raising awareness of sexual assault, harassment, and abus Read More

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Media: Women Worried About DeVos’ Proposed Title IX Changes

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella and Senior Bilingual Staff Attorney Patty McNamara went on The Take with Sue O'Connell on NECN to discuss the proposed changes to Title IX.  Excerpt: "Their orientation is very much 'we're concerned about the due process of the student who's accused of the harm,' and we're Read More

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Q&A with Junior League of Boston President Michelle Lentz

The Junior League of Boston will hold its second annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) from February 25 through March 1 to raise awareness of violence against women. Advocates will wear the same black outfit for five days and buttons that read, “Ask Me About My Dress,” to start conversations and raise awareness about these is Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Five: They Block Procedural Justice

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Four: They Discourage Students from Reporting

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Three: They Will Cause More Harm, Not Less

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Two: They Favor Offenders

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part One: They Reinforce Myths about Rape

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating, and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federa Read More

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Support Student Survivors: Submit Your Title IX Public Comment Today!

In November, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released new proposed Title IX regulations, which govern how to handle sexual assault and harassment in educational settings. We shared a few of our concerns then. Now we’re asking you to do the same: by submitting a public comment in opposition to the new proposed regulation Read More

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Why I Volunteer: Esteban

This is part of a series highlighting BARCC volunteers and the vital work they do in the mission to end sexual violence. Read all the posts in the series, and read more about volunteering with BARCC. Name: Esteban M. Guijarro Volunteer program: Hotline How long have you volunteered for BARCC? 2.5 years Why do you volunteer with BARCC? It is dif Read More

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Our Road Map for the Future

Two years ago, staff at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center looked out over the horizon and took stock of the future. The organization had gained momentum in recent years and was growing in more ways than one could count. BARCC was making plans to reach even more survivors of sexual violence, to help people heal in deeper and different ways, and to Read More

Media: Roxane Gay Helps Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Mark 45th Year of Service

The Boston Globe covered the 2018 Champions for Change Gala and Auction, which celebrated BARCC's 45 years of providing free services for survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: “'Seeing you all here makes me feel something I don’t feel a lot of lately: hope, to see that this many people care about sexual violence,&rd Read More

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Media: Yes on 3

In the leadup to Election Day, local news outlets persistently covered Question 3, which upheld a 2016 law that gives transgender people antidiscrimination protections in places of public accommodation. BARCC, which advocated for the Yes on 3 campaign, was quoted several times making the point that protecting transgender people has no neg Read More

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Introducing our 2018 Champions for Change

Dr. Judith Linden and Stephen Marcus This post was written by 2018 Champions for Change Dr. Judith Linden with her husband and co-honoree Stephen Marcus.  I first got involved with BARCC when I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the amazing support that the medical advocates offered my patients in the emergency department, as both an e Read More

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Why You Should Vote Yes on 3

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump Administration was pursuing a legal policy that would narrowly define gender. This would effectively eliminate transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people from protection under federal civil rights law. And that is why it’s more important than ever for Massachusetts residents to vote yes o Read More

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Are You Ready to Vote? 2018 General Election Voter Guide

Sexual assault and harassment affect everyone in our communities. We know you want to do everything you can for survivors of sexual violence, and voting is a critical way to take action and show your support. The first step to changing our culture so that sexual assault, harassment, and abuse is less likely to occur is to listen to, believe, Read More

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Funding a Future Without Sexual Violence: Q&A with Gala Sponsor BITS

Boston IT Services has sponsored the Champions for Change Gala & Auction since 2016. We recently spoke with founder and owner Jim Stewart to learn more about why he invests in BARCC. Q: How did your company come to be connected with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center? A: We work with many different types of companies around Boston and Cambrid Read More

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A Year into #MeToo Resurgence, Three Reasons to Be Hopeful

Last October, #MeToo went viral. A year later, where are we? What has changed? As Google’s Me Too Rising visualization shows, while there have been some ups and downs, #MeToo has become an enduring topic of public discourse. It’s been both an exciting and a trying year for many survivors, advocates, and others active in the movement t Read More

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Media: Safety Gains for Sexual Assault Survivors in Detentions Bill

BARCC Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor sat down with Christ Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network News to discuss Governore Charlie Baker's proposed legislation.  Excerpt: "When we focus on the perpetrator we ask, "why are we ruining their lives?' ... It's very unfair for survivors, because someo Read More

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Op-Ed: Reaction to Report of Kavanaugh Sex Assault Shows That Myths Persist

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently wrote an op-ed on the reactions to the report that Supremem Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a young woman in high school and the myths about sexual assault that have already been repeated in the wake of this news.  Excerpt: "Reaction to the news that Supreme Court no Read More