Entries tagged: Child Sexual Abuse

Op-Ed: The Church Must Welcome Outside Reformers or be Forced to do so

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella wrote an op-ed for the Hill to urge the Catholic Church to enact meaningful reform in the wake of another revelation on widespread sexual abuse of children in the Church. In the op-ed, Gina advocates for the Church to utilize outside reformers to influence the process of cultural change.  Excerpt: Read More

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10 Book Recommendations from Our Staff and Supporters

Has a book ever moved you to action or changed the way you think? Do you have a well-worn novel that makes you feel less alone? Many of our staff, volunteers, and supporters can point to such a book (or two!). Books can break silences, help to heal traumas, and shed light on someone else’s experience. National Read a Book Day was this month: Read More

Letter: As Hockey Pro’s Case Suggests, We’re Still Failing to Protect Youth From Abuse

In a letter to the editor published Sunday in the Boston Globe, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella responded to the tragic story of a hockey pro's death, and the alleged abuse that led up to it. Gina urges institutions like schools and sporting leagues to develop clear written policy regarding appropriate behavior and training for parents Read More

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Op-Ed: Advice for USA Gymnastics

(Applies to Any Org Accused of Ignoring Sexual Abuse) The most recent in a long line of organizations taken to task for their failure to address sexual abuse, USA Gymnastics has been in the headlines for having ignored and minimized allegations of sexual abuse. In a Huffington Post op-ed, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella offers advice Read More


Op-Ed: Real Reform for Reducing Sexual Abuse in Schools

In her latest op-ed for WGBH News, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella speaks to policy reforms needed to prevent the sexual abuse of students.  Excerpt: "But much more can be done to prevent abuse from happening in the first place. Requiring every school to have a written plan that defines appropriate boundaries for teachers, coaches, a Read More

Whose Stories Matter: A Look at the Responses to Chris Brown

As I am sure many of you have read or seen on social media, Chris Brown discussed his first sexual experience in a recent interview with The Guardian. “He lost his virginity when he was eight years old, to a local girl who was 14 or 15. Seriously? ‘Yeah, really. Uh-huh.’ He grins and chuckles. ‘It's different in the cou Read More

The Deep Freeze

When people speak about reactions to trauma or crisis, they routinely offer up ‘fight or flight’ as a way to describe human response.  In actuality, this is an incomplete phrase.  Science tells us that the full phrase is “fight, flight, or freeze,” but somewhere along the way, most folks drop freeze from the list.& Read More

Moving Forward and Focusing on Prevention

There’s been a lot of news this past week on the front of childhood sexual abuse.  As I am sure many of you or perhaps all of you are aware, the trials of Jerry Sandusky and Monsignor Lynn were completed and both were found guilty.  I want to take a moment and commend the countless hours of work and effort that the prosecution put i Read More