Posts tagged: Community

Gina Scaramella accepts award from Eastern Bank staffers

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 SurvivorsThe 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 Rape… 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 guides!… 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 difficult… 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 change… 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 limited… 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 many… 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,”… 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 impact… 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 negative… 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's… 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’s… 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 limited,… 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 entire… Read More

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Introducing our 2018 Champions for Change

Dr. Judith Linden and Stephen MarcusThis post was written by 2018 Champions for Change Dr. Judith Linden with her husband and co-honoree Stephen Marcus.  I first got involved with BARCC when I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the amazing support that the medical advocates offered my patients in the emergency department, as both an emergency… Read More

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Why You Should Vote Yes on 3

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump Administration was pursuing a legal policy that would narrowly define gender. This would effectively eliminate transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people from protection under federal civil rights law. And that is why it’s more important than ever for Massachusetts residents to vote yes on… Read More

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Funding a Future Without Sexual Violence: Q&A with Gala Sponsor BITS

Boston IT Services has sponsored the Champions for Change Gala & Auction since 2016. We recently spoke with founder and owner Jim Stewart to learn more about why he invests in BARCC. Q: How did your company come to be connected with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center? A: We work with many different types of companies around Boston and Cambridge,… Read More

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Your Housing Rights as a Survivor of Sexual Violence Living in Federally Assisted Housing

This is the second of two blog posts that 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. In the last post, we talked about what protections are available to people who live in market rent, private, and state public and subsidized… Read More

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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