Posts tagged: Current Events

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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

Media: ‘A Victory for Survivors of Sexual Assault’

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently spoke about the importance of pending legislation that would require campus climate surveys related to sexual violence at Massachusetts institutions of higher education.  Excerpt: "Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella said in a statement that this is because victims… Read More

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Media: R. Kelly’s ‘I Admit’: We Pressed Mute on the Pied Piper

Jeneé Osterheldt of the Boston Globe recently interviewed BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella for an opinion piece on R. Kelly.  Excerpt: "Reporting rape is hard for every victim, says Scaramella, who has worked to help survivors of sexual assault and rape for more than 20 years. But the hurdles grow higher when you add in factors… 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

Media: Kavanaugh Nomination Spotlights #MeToo Refugee Issues

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe about the intersection of sexual violence and immigration, and the dangers people face when fleeing their homes in search of safety.  Excerpt: "Since 2011, more than 68 million people have fled their homes in search of safetyfrom war, climate change,… 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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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

Advocating for Laws and Comprehensive Budgets that Support Survivors

In 2010, a decade of work came to fruition. Ten years of collaborative effort resulted in the passing of a harassment prevention law that survivors of sexual violence can use to legally prevent their harasser from contacting them. The law enabled a harassment prevention order that, if violated, can be an arrestable offense for the harasser, that applies… Read More

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BARCC Board President Beth Molnar Receives Myra Kraft Community MVP Award

The New England Patriots Foundation Honors Her Leadership and Committed Service to SurvivorsBoston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) Board of Directors President Beth Molnar was recently honored for her remarkable service and dedication to BARCC and survivors of sexual violence. At a luncheon at Gillette Stadium in June, Beth received a Myra Kraft Community… Read More

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Op-Ed: Will Beacon Hill Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is?

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella wrote an op-ed recently for WGBH News to encourage the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Governor Charlie Baker to approve an increase to funding for community-based rape crisis centers around the state.  Excerpt: "What has changed, thanks to the #MeToo movement, is the broader public’s willingness… Read More

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Historic Highlights: Media Coverage of Sexual Assault Reflects a Changing Culture

If you think the media does a poor job covering sexual violence today, check out how it was done 45 years ago, when BARCC was founded. Few media outlets wrote about sexual assault and when they did, the language is rudimentary and lacks nuance—a direct reflection of the fact that up until the rape crisis center movement of the 1970s, U.S. society… Read More

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Media: Massachusetts Activists Fight Battle for Comprehensive Sex Education in Schools

This week, the Rainbow Times reported on the status of the Healthy Youth Act, which would "mandate that public school districts offering sex education curricula expand their courses to provide more in-depth information on a range of issues related to sex, relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted… Read More

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Media: In Massachusetts, No One Wants to Talk about Sex Ed

Earlier this month, the Boston Globe reported on the Healthy Youth Act, a bill that would requires schools that choose to teach sex ed to use medically accurate, age appropriate curricula. BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella weighed in on the proposed law, calling it a "no-brainer."  Excerpt: “They deserve to learn the rules of… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Senate Ways and Means Committee Budget

Statement by Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella on Senate Ways and Means Committee Recommended Funding of Sexual and Domestic Violence Support and Services“We are pleased that the Senate Ways and Means Committee recognizes the critical role played by community-based organizations in the Commonwealth’s health… Read More

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Media: Wynn Boston Harbor Casino Will Be Renamed Encore Boston Harbor, Wynn Resorts CEO Says

Wynn Resorts officially revealed the new name for the Boston Harbor casino in Everett at a Massachusetts Gaming Commission hearing, MassLive.com reported.  Excerpt: "'This is a positive step forward for the company and the Commonwealth, and it shows that we've reached a tipping point in how our culture responds to sexual harassment… Read More

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Media: Wynn Resorts Has A New Name for the Everett Casino: Encore Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts officially revealed the new name for the Boston Harbor casino in Everett at a Massachusetts Gaming Commission hearing, the Boston Globe reported.  Excerpt: "Gina Scaramella, the director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, described the name change as 'a positive step forward for the company and the Commonwealth, and it shows… Read More

Letter: Teaching Wisely

BARCC Executive Director wrote a letter to the editor at the Boston Herald to thank them for their coverage of the Healthy Youth Act, which 'would require any public school district in Massachusetts that offers sexuality education to use a medically accurate and age-­appropriate curriculum that includes discussion of healthy relationships.'… Read More

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Media: BARCC Hosts Walk for Change Along the Charles River

WBZ stopped by the Walk for Change on April 22 to report on New England's largest show of support for survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: "The event is meant to be inspiring: a day of community, healing, and hope."  Watch the full video clip below:  Read More