Posts tagged: Activism

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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 to end… 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 someone… 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 nominee… Read More

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Celebrating Legislative Victories in Massachusetts

The past 12 months have been momentous for BARCC and our mission to end sexual violence. We opened a new satellite office and launched our dedicated legislative advocacy program. The strides we’ve made pushing for legislative and policy change at the Massachusetts State House to improve the lives of survivors of sexual assault and harassment have… Read More

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Press Release: BARCC Seeking Volunteers for Web Chat Hotline Service Launching in November

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that it will launch a web chat hotline this November. The web chat hotline will be a new way for sexual assault survivors, their loved ones, and providers to receive information, support, and referrals about sexual abuse, assault, and violence. The live web chat hotline will be available daily… Read More

Media: Kavanaugh Nomination Spotlights #MeToo Refugee Issues

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe about the intersection of sexual violence and immigration, and the dangers people face when fleeing their homes in search of safety.  Excerpt: "Since 2011, more than 68 million people have fled their homes in search of safetyfrom war, climate change,… Read More

Op-Ed: Rampant and Routine Harassment: On #MeToo and Music Festivals

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella wrote an op-ed in DigBoston recently to discuss sexual harassment and assault at music festivals and concerts and what concert organizers and audience members can do to stop sexual violence in the music scene. The op-ed came in response to a Teen Vogue report on consistent sexual assault and harassment at… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Urges Gov. Baker to Approve Sexual Violence Prevention Funding Increase

Statement by Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella on Massachusetts Legislature’s approval of a FY19 budget that increases funding for services for sexual and domestic violence to $37.3 million from last year’s actual spending of approximately $33.6 million: “We’re grateful to House Speaker Robert… Read More

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Media: Finding A Voice After Decades of Silence

Two members of BARCC's Survivor Speakers Bureau recently shared their stories with Channel Kindness. The volunteers spoke about how they came to talk publicly about their sexual assaults, and the stigma that comes with being a male survivor of sexual violence.  Excerpt: “We’re all here for one purpose, and that’s… Read More

Advocating for Laws and Comprehensive Budgets that Support Survivors

In 2010, a decade of work came to fruition. Ten years of collaborative effort resulted in the passing of a harassment prevention law that survivors of sexual violence can use to legally prevent their harasser from contacting them. The law enabled a harassment prevention order that, if violated, can be an arrestable offense for the harasser, that applies… Read More

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Putting On Your Active Bystander Sweater at Work

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the WorkplaceThis is the final in a series of three posts on workplace sexual harassment and assault. Don’t miss the first and second: “Do I Have to Put Up with This?” and “What Are My Options?” In this post, a member of our Community Awareness and Prevention Services team talks about preventing… Read More

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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

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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