Entries tagged: Current Events

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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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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Five: They Block Procedural Justice

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Four: They Discourage Students from Reporting

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Three: They Will Cause More Harm, Not Less

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Two: They Favor Offenders

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part One: They Reinforce Myths about Rape

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating, and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federa Read More

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Full Text of BARCC’s Title IX Public Comment

Below is the full text of BARCC's public comment opposing the proposed changes to Title IX regulations. For more on our take in a digestible format, check out a series of posts that breaks it down. Ready to submit your own comment? Read our tips.  U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos c/o Brittany Bull U.S. Department of Educa 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

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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Statement: BARCC Responds to Proposed New Title IX Regulations Announced by Trump Administration

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed new rules for schools to adhere to when responding to reports of sexual assault and harassment. The proposed rules fall under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded schools, colleges, and universities. They will replace the department’s interim Title IX guid 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

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Introducing our 2018 Champions for Change

Dr. Judith Linden and Stephen Marcus This 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 e 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 o Read More

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Are You Ready to Vote? 2018 General Election Voter Guide

Sexual assault and harassment affect everyone in our communities. We know you want to do everything you can for survivors of sexual violence, and voting is a critical way to take action and show your support. The first step to changing our culture so that sexual assault, harassment, and abuse is less likely to occur is to listen to, believe, 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 Cambrid Read More