Entries tagged: Community

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How Toxic Masculinity Hurts Male Survivors—and What Can Help

Late last month, Jumaane Williams offered an emotional addendum to his victory speech after winning a special election to the office of New York City Public Advocate. As reported by the New Yorker’s Jennifer Gonnerman, before leaving the stage, Williams, a 42-year-old black Brooklynite, told the crowd that he has been in therapy for the past Read More

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What You Make Possible When You Walk for Change

Wonder what you’re supporting when you Walk for Change? First and foremost, you’re supporting survivors on their journey of healing and hope. But you’re also raising critical funds and awareness of BARCC’s services for survivors of sexual violence. Our work with survivors and their loved ones extends to people of all gender Read More

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Educational Workshops for Survivors in April

We're offering an upcoming series of free educational workshops for all survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse ages 18 and up.  Introduction to the Impact of Trauma: April 2, 2019 Self-Care for Survivors of Sexual Trauma: April 9, 2019 Relationships and Connection after Sexual Trauma: April 16, 2019 Id Read More

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Healing the Whole Person

Supporting the Health of Black Women Survivors with the Resilient Sisterhood Project Health is about the whole person. Someone isn't just a sexual assault survivor or just a person with a health condition—a person can be both at the same time, often on top of a host of other challenges. While that might seem obvious, the systems a person Read More

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Media: Women Worried About DeVos’ Proposed Title IX Changes

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella and Senior Bilingual Staff Attorney Patty McNamara went on The Take with Sue O'Connell on NECN to discuss the proposed changes to Title IX.  Excerpt: "Their orientation is very much 'we're concerned about the due process of the student who's accused of the harm,' and we're Read More

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Media: Boston Neighborhood Network News

BARCC Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor went on Boston Neighborhood Network News to talk about the proposed changes to Title IX and where BARCC stands on them.  Excerpt: "When we think about Title IX, this is a matter that's being handled in schools, higher education, the education system. This is not a c Read More

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Q&A with Junior League of Boston President Michelle Lentz

The Junior League of Boston will hold its second annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) from February 25 through March 1 to raise awareness of violence against women. Advocates will wear the same black outfit for five days and buttons that read, “Ask Me About My Dress,” to start conversations and raise awareness about these is Read More

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Press Release: Eastern Bank Honors Gina Scaramella with Community Advocacy Award

For Nearly 20 Years, She Has Developed Solutions to End Sexual Violence and Effectively Respond to and Support Survivors The following press release was published by Eastern Bank in late December 2018.  Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, has honored Gina Scaramella, Executive Director of the Boston Area R Read More

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Top 10 BARCC Posts of 2018

The past year has been both challenging and inspiring. As we head into 2019, we’re excited to grow and continue to do all we can to support survivors in our communities. To round out the year, we took a look at the most-viewed BARCC blog posts in 2018. Check them out to get reinspired for the movement to end sexual violence in 2019! Voter Read More

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Why I Volunteer: Esteban

This is part of a series highlighting BARCC volunteers and the vital work they do in the mission to end sexual violence. Read all the posts in the series, and read more about volunteering with BARCC. Name: Esteban M. Guijarro Volunteer program: Hotline How long have you volunteered for BARCC? 2.5 years Why do you volunteer with BARCC? It is dif Read More

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Our Road Map for the Future

Two years ago, staff at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center looked out over the horizon and took stock of the future. The organization had gained momentum in recent years and was growing in more ways than one could count. BARCC was making plans to reach even more survivors of sexual violence, to help people heal in deeper and different ways, and to Read More

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Media: BARCC Launches Web Chat Hotline to Support More Sexual Assault Survivors

Metro Boston covered the launch of BARCC's web chat hotline, a new way to access our oldest service. Survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones can now chat with BARCC hotline counselors on desktop and mobile devices daily between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. by going to barcc.org/chat.  Excerpt: "'There are people who may have lim Read More

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Days of Recovery: In-Depth Healing for Male Survivors

Picture this: A male survivor of sexual violence has been in therapy for nearly 30 years. He spent years of his life in “lots of rooms with lots of people” trying to find the right thing for him. But it wasn’t until he went to a MenHealing workshop that he found a true sense of belonging. That story is just one testimonial of man Read More

Media: Roxane Gay Helps Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Mark 45th Year of Service

The Boston Globe covered the 2018 Champions for Change Gala and Auction, which celebrated BARCC's 45 years of providing free services for survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: “'Seeing you all here makes me feel something I don’t feel a lot of lately: hope, to see that this many people care about sexual violence,&rd Read More

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Media: Year after #MeToo

A handful of news outlets interviewed BARCC staff to get a sense of how the mission to end sexual violence has changed since the surgence of #MeToo last October. A sample of news coverage is below:  It's been a year since to #MeToo movement took off. Here's the change a local rape crisis center has seen, Boston.com BARCC details im Read More

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Media: Yes on 3

In the leadup to Election Day, local news outlets persistently covered Question 3, which upheld a 2016 law that gives transgender people antidiscrimination protections in places of public accommodation. BARCC, which advocated for the Yes on 3 campaign, was quoted several times making the point that protecting transgender people has no neg Read More

Media: The Kavanaugh Nomination

The Kavanaugh nomination and eventual confirmation dominated the news cycle this fall. Several news outlets quoted BARCC staff to give a trauma-informed perspective in coverage. A sample of those articles are listed below:  Protesters Voice Support For Christine Blasey Ford in Boston, CBS Boston At rape crisis center, empathy for Kavanaugh Read More

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Honoring Trailblazers at the Most Successful Champions for Change Gala Yet

This past Friday, nearly 700 supporters, volunteers, and staff celebrated BARCC’s 45th anniversary—and trailblazers, past and present, in the movement to end sexual violence—at our annual Champions for Change Gala & Auction. As the #MeToo movement continues and deepens, and as demand for services continues to grow, BARCC&rsquo Read More

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Web Chat Hotline: New Technology, Same Great Support

For 45 years, our hotline has provided survivors, loved ones, and community members with high-quality emotional support, information, and resources. And we’re excited to announce that you can now get that same support online via web chat! With modern technology, our oldest service is now growing to be more accessible. If your phone access is Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Question 3 Election Results

Yesterday, Massachusetts voters rejected an attempt to repeal a 2016 law prohibiting public accommodations discrimination against transgender people. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella offered the following statement in response: “This is an important victory for transgender people, their families, and our enti Read More