Posts tagged: Campus

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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 regulations.… 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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Media: ASAP and BARCC Discuss Future Plans, Resources, #MeToo Campaign

The Tufts Daily spoke with BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella to refamiliarize the Tufts campus with BARCC services, discuss the #MeToo social media campaign, and the demand for services for survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: "That’s our job; to listen and learn as we’re doing the things that we’re doing directly… Read More

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Media: Senate Confirms Legislation Ramping up University Sexual Assault Policies

The Daily Free Press, Boston University's independent student newspaper, spoke with BARCC's Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor about a new bill that passed the State Senate last week. The legislation, passed unanimously on Thursday, requires higher education institutions to strengthen their policies on sexual… Read More

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Media: Rape Crisis Center Reaches out after #MeToo

The Hungtinton News spoke with BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella and Northeastern student and hotline volunteer Danielle Dottor to talk about the #MeToo campaign and what students should know about Title IX and resources for survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: “A campus that really runs around the fraternity culture is going… Read More

Op-Ed: DeVos Halts Progress Toward Ending Campus Rape

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella took on the Trump administration's planned rollback of the Title IX Guidance in a recent op-ed for the Hill. In a speech earlier this month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she would replace the Title IX Guidance, which was issued in 2011 by the Obama administration. The… Read More

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Media: Trump Administration Plans Rollback Of Campus Assault Rules

The Boston Globe recently reported on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' accouncement that the Trump administration plans to replace Title IX Guidance, which was issued in 2011 under the Obama administration. Reporter Stephanie Ebbert quoted BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella's statement on the announcement, which expressed disappointment… Read More

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Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Replace Title IX Guidance

Today, during a speech at George Mason University, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Trump administration would replace the Obama administration’s 2011 Title IX Guidance to colleges and universities. The guidance was issued because many schools were violating the requirements of Title IX—which directs institutions… Read More

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Media: Law Firms Focused On Those Accused Of Campus Sexual Assault Open Doors In Boston

The Boston Globe's Dugan Arnett reported recently that a law firm that focuses on representing students accused of campus sexual assault has opened an office in Boston. In the article, BARCC Staff Attorney Patricia McNamara offers a defense of Title IX guidelines and survivors' choices in seeking justice after sexual violence. Excerpt: "'Lots… Read More

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Reducing Sexual Assault at School

How BARCC Partners with Schools to Create Cultures that Are Safe and Equitable for AllSexual abuse at private boarding schools has been all over the headlines this year. The truth is, though, that sexual violence in many forms is a regular occurrence at schools and campuses of all kinds—public and private, from middle school through college. That’s… Read More

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Betsy DeVos and Title IX

Check out our recent tweetstorm on the latest from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos regarding Title IX, which provides essential mandates for educational institutions in responding to survivors of sexual violence. Follow us on Twitter. Pour yourself a cuppa & settle in for a tweetstorm on Betsy #DeVos & Obama’s #TitleIX Guidance &… Read More

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Op-Ed: Sexual Assault On Campus Is Real

(And I Can't Believe I Have To Say This In 2017.)Last week, a Department of Education official made comments trivializing incidents of campus sexual assault that involve alcohol. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, comments on how the official's comments and those who rush to her defense represent a… Read More

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Missed Opportunities for Prevention: 13 Reasons Why

We’ve been hearing a lot in the schools that we work in—and in national dialogue—about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show follows the story of a high school student who dies by suicide and leaves behind 13 recordings. The recordings reveal the student’s experiences with bullying and sexual assault, among other… Read More

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Press Release: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Receives $100K Award for Investment in the Future

Award is part of Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 programCambridge, MA, May 25, 2017―The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that it has been awarded $100,000 by the Cummings Foundation. The grant was made through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program, which supports nonprofits in cities and towns… 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

News Roundup for Independence Day

Good afternoon BARCC blog readers! I came to work this morning, convinced that I would not be able to write a blog piece today.  However BARCC is closed on Thursday and Friday so I knew the pressure was on to actually write one this afternoon.  While I am looking forward to having time off and seeing my family, I am not terribly excited to… Read More

It takes more than words

What is enough for an individual or organization to prove that they are against or that they support a certain issue?  Would this just have to include verbal statements or is there a need for some type of action or behavior change?  What if I told you that I support the environment and green/sustainable energy and attend monthly meetings to… Read More

The Fear That Our Communities Will Fail Us

Yesterday, Angie Epifano wrote an account of her experiences with her school following her sexual assault at Amherst College, a small, elite liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts. Thank you to Angie for the power and weight of your words, and sharing the truth of your experience. Thank you also to our colleagues at the rape crisis center that… Read More

Responses to the BU Task Force

There has been a lot of chatter and response pieces in regards to the BU Task Force about the hockey team. Below are two responses that I would like to share.  The first is published by the BU Free Daily Press and written by a BARCC hotline volunteer, Ali, who is also a previous student at BU.  The second one is by Gina, our Executive Director,… Read More

Project Unspoken

I want to share this video created by students at Emory University as part of Project Unspoken, a summer intern project at Emory University's Office of Health Promotion's Respect Program. The Project Unspoken staff describes this video as "a reaction to the prominent silence surrounding the issues of rape, sexual assault, and relationship violence."… Read More