Posts tagged: Advocacy

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Your Housing Rights as a Survivor of Sexual Violence in Massachusetts

This is the first of two blog posts that will explain a few housing law protections for survivors of sexual violence and how BARCC case managers can assist survivors in advocating for their rights under these laws. When someone has committed sexual violence against you, it can impact many aspects of your life. At BARCC, our Case Management team often… Read More

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Middlesex County District Attorney Voter Guide: Candidates on Issues Related to Sexual Violence

In our mission to end sexual violence, one of our goals is to empower survivors to heal and seek justice in ways that are meaningful to them. Many of the survivors we work with interact with the criminal legal system, and we recognize that the work provided by the District Attorney’s Office can be critical. As part of our legislative and policy… Read More

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Suffolk County District Attorney Voter Guide: Candidates on Issues Related to Sexual Violence

In our mission to end sexual violence, one of our goals is to empower survivors to heal and seek justice in ways that are meaningful to them. Many of the survivors we work with interact with the criminal legal system, and we recognize that the work provided by the District Attorney’s Office can be critical. As part of our legislative and policy… Read More

Media: ‘A Victory for Survivors of Sexual Assault’

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently spoke about the importance of pending legislation that would require campus climate surveys related to sexual violence at Massachusetts institutions of higher education.  Excerpt: "Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella said in a statement that this is because victims… Read More

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What Are My Options?

Workplace Sexual Harassment and AssaultThis is the second in a series of posts on workplace sexual harassment and assault. In the first post, our Legal Advocacy team talked about dynamics of power and control as well as legal definitions. In this post, they will cover legal protections and options and how BARCC supports survivors. Content note: descriptions… 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

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BARCC Praises MA Legislature for Enacting Health Care Confidentiality Bill

Update April 2, 2018: We're excited to share that Governor Baker has signed the PATCH Act into law!  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted the Act to Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (PATCH). This bill ensures that when multiple people are on the same insurance plan, confidential health care information is not shared… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Calls on State Leadership to Prevent Naming of Casino after Steve Wynn

Today, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center calls on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and state lawmakers 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… Read More

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Local Shopping Event to Benefit BARCC, SANE, and Survivors

Local business Sunny Window is hosting an upcoming shopping event to benefit us and the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. Get ready to do some holiday shopping to help ensure that free, compassionate survivor services are available 24-7! BARCC works together with the SANE program to offer survivors at area hospitals the care… Read More

Statement on U.S. Senate’s Proposed Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Yesterday the United States Senate released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a proposed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “This bill, if passed, would result in serious harm to survivors of sexual violence.… Read More

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How Health “Reform” Will Make Sexual Assault Survivors Sick

A version of this piece was originally published in the Hill on May 3, 2017. So far, we know that about 24 million Americans stand to lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is replaced with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We know that most of those 24 million people will be low-income. We also know… Read More

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Fostering a Sanctuary for Immigrant Survivors of Sexual Violence

As heated and often harrowing media stories of immigration and the challenges facing immigrants continue, we see related effects on the survivors seeking help from BARCC. In this social and political climate, BARCC works to provide a sanctuary for immigrant survivors. One key feature of sexual violence is that it is often unspeakable and dehumanizing.… Read More

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Take Action to Protect Title IX

Today, BARCC is joining a national day of action, part of the #DearBetsy campaign spearheaded by End Rape on Campus (EROC) and supported by Futures Without Violence (FWV) and many others, to ensure that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos prioritizes Title IX.  As Patty McNamara, BARCC's staff attorney, explains, "Title IX is a federal civil… Read More

Exploring Your Legal Options

The following post was written by our team of legal advocates. Last month, the Boston Globe ran “Assault Survivor Wants to Turn Detective,” an Ask Amy column in which the advice author addressed a question from a survivor of sexual assault who was considering investigating and reporting the man who assaulted her when she was in high school.… Read More

Be Hope: A Call to Action

Dear BARCC community, Yesterday was a day of caring for each other among our staff, volunteers, and board. Today, we want to offer you, as part of our bigger family, some of the same. We want to let you know that we remain here, with you, stronger than ever in our resolve to end sexual violence. And we want to share one thing you can do to take action.… Read More

Preserving Evidence, Empowering Survivors

You may have heard the news about a new Massachusetts law mandating storage of sexual assault evidence for 15 years. The sexual assault evidence system can be confusing, so let’s break down the process, what this new law means, and how it empowers survivors. The basics of evidence collection for survivors 16 and olderAfter someone is sexually… Read More

Every Survivor Deserves Support—Including Those in Prison

-->BARCC believes that all survivors deserve support in healing from the trauma of sexual violence. We also know that sexual violence affects thousands of people who are in the correctional system. That’s why BARCC established the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Project in 2015 to provide vital support to survivors of sexual violence who are… Read More

Urgent Support for Youth Survivors: Call Your Legislators!

We need your urgent help to support youth survivors of sexual violence. We just learned that in Massachusetts state budget negotiations, vital funding for Youth at Risk Programs has been cut. What this means to us: fewer resources for youth survivors of sexual violence. Please contact your legislators (find them here) to demand that this funding be… Read More

Protecting Legal Rights of Survivors

On the morning of January 9th 2014, victim rights attorneys from various agencies and law firms gathered downtown at the Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts’ highest court, to hear oral arguments in a case called Commonwealth v. Sealy. Why did these legal advocates take time out of their hectic schedules to listen to what was happening in this… Read More

Lessons Learned from Nelson Mandela

The world lost a powerful advocate for social change and equality yesterday: Nelson Mandela of South Africa.  Mandela was a constant advocate for progressive policies and addressed controversial and difficult topics headon.  His messages and activism have been a source of inspiration to many movements, organizations, and communities. … Read More