Posts tagged: Community

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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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Happy and Whole

The following post shares the story of Sonia, a survivor who has called BARCC’s hotline and come to BARCC for individual and group counseling. *Content note: personal story of sexual violence, suicidal thoughts For Sonia LaRock and a huge number of other survivors, rape was not a one-time experience. You might think that once someone is a victim… Read More

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Upcoming Workshops for Survivors

We're offering an upcoming series of free educational workshops for all survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse ages 18 and up.  October 18: Introduction to Trauma October 25: Self-Care for Survivors of Sexual Trauma November 1: Relationships after Sexual Trauma November 8: Identifying a Therapist All workshops… Read More

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Media: Baker Bill Expands Pre-Trial Detention

A handful of news outlets—including the Daily Free Press, the Framingham Source, State House News Service, and the Lowell Sun—reported on recently proposed legislation that would make it easier for police and the courts to detain defendants deemed a risk to their communities. Coverage cited Katia Santiago-Taylor's remarks at a press… Read More

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Media: For Survivors of Sexual Violence, Navigating #MeToo Media Attention Is a Team Effort

The Mary Sue sat down with a BARCC volunteer and BARCC's Bilingual Client Services Coordinator Alma Huerta Dominguez to discuss #MeToo media coverage, support for survivors, and how trauma can affect a survivor's loved ones.  Excerpt: "Alma Huerta Dominguez, bilingual client services coordinator at BARCC, says several crisis center services… Read More

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Press Release: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to Mark 45th Anniversary with Gala Event

Celebration Will Include Author Roxane Gay and Dory Cote, BARCC’s Very First Hotline CallerThe Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that tickets are available for its annual Champions for Change Gala & Auction, which will take place Friday, November 9, 2018, 6:00–11:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.… Read More

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: "For… Read More

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Media: Historic Upset as Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley Unseats Rep. Mike Capuano

MassLive.com reported on the primary race for the Seventh Congressional District, and noted that challenger Ayanna Pressley has been a regular presence at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center's annual Walk for Change.  Excerpt: "Pressley has also worked extensively with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, being one of the featured speakers at… Read More

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Media: Ayanna Pressley Seeks Her Political Moment in a Changing Boston

In an article covering the primary race for the Seventh Congressional District, which covers part of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, the New York Times noted that challenger Ayanna Pressley has spoken at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center's annual Walk for Change.  Excerpt: "Ms. Pressley has long been an advocate for girls and women. She… Read More

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Media: Asia Argento is Not the #MeToo Movement

After a report was made public that Asia Argento—an actress and director who was one of the first people to publicly report that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her—sexually assaulted an actor and musician, the Boston Globe reported on the impact to the #MeToo movement. BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella said in an interview… Read More

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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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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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What We Owe Each Other: Enthusiastic Consent

The following post is written by Ian Downie, BARCC marketing and communications intern. As the #MeToo movement continues, the general public is talking more about consent. While it’s great that more of these conversations are happening, nuanced education around consent isn’t readily available for everyone. As a result, the #MeToo movement,… Read More

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Media: Melrose Women Asked to Share Their #MeToo Stories

In recent reporting on a local #MeToo event, the Melrose Free Press spoke with Patrick Donovan, BARCC's interim director of community awareness and prevention services.  Excerpt: "'With #MeToo, there can be a lot of pressure to share, and it is important for survivors to know that is their choice, and they don’t owe sharing to anyone,' Donovan… Read More

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Want Lasting Change Out of #MeToo? Here’s How.

A few months ago, I was having a conversation with a young couple who wanted to support BARCC, and they asked me an incredible yet simple question: “How can we have the biggest impact on BARCC’s growth?” Their question transformed our conversation. It showed me that they wanted to be partners in our growth to reach and support more… 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

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