Posts tagged: Events

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Best-Selling Author Advocates for Voices that Matter

When Roxane Gay published her debut novel, An Untamed State, the New York Times called it “striking and complex.” The newspaper praised the novel, which details the kidnapping of the daughter of a wealthy construction magnate in Haiti, for its use of metaphor to describe the world’s culture of enabling sexual violence. “There… 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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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

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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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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

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

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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Press Release: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to Host Legislative Briefing on Sexual Assault June 12

Breakfast cosponsored by Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem will address impact of sexual assault, supporting survivors, and healing from sexual violenceAs the #MeToo movement continues to spur heightened awareness and attention to the problem of sexual harassment and assault, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) and Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Stone… 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

Press Release: More Than 1,900 People Show Support for Survivors at Walk for Change

Attendees Raise Over $245,000 for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in Midst of #MeTooThe Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that more than 1,900 attendees took part in its Annual Walk for Change on April 22 to demonstrate their support for survivors of sexual assault and harassment. The largest gathering in New England raising… Read More

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A Word to the Walkers from a BARCC Founder

The following note was written by Janet Yassen, one of BARCC’s founders 45 years ago, to all the people gathered at the BARCC Walk for Change today.   Dearest BARCC and those of you who have gathered to make the world a better, safer, and more peaceful place, Although I am not physically present with you today, I wanted to share my joy and… Read More

Media: April 22 Walk to Highlight Sexual Violence

Chris Lovett, of Boston Neighborhood Network News, interviewed BARCC Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor about the Walk for Change this week. Excerpt:  "It doesn't matter when the assault happened. We're going to see you, and we're going to provide you free confidential support"  Watch… Read More

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Media: In #MeToo Era, BARCC Walk for Change Extra-Special for Survivors of Sexual Assault

BARCC Survivor Speaker Volunteer Kim Warnick was on the cover of Metro Boston this week to talk about the Walk for Change and what it's like to be a survivor in the midst of the #MeToo movement.  Excerpt: “This is a place where you can maybe take a step beyond witnessing #MeToo,” Warnick said, “and show up for survivors… Read More

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BARCC Joins State House Demonstration to Make Every Voice Heard

Today, we will join the Every Voice coalition in a peaceful demonstration at the State House to request passage of two bills that, if enacted, would increase the safety of students and staff studying and working at colleges and universities. House bill 4159 would require every Massachusetts college and university to administer an anonymous sexual assault… Read More

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How Do You Embrace Your Voice?

As we head into Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), we’re excited to launch a new resource for survivors and invite you to several BARCC community events this April! The SAAM theme this year is “Embrace Your Voice.” For some that might mean speaking publicly as a survivor, and for others it might mean deciding not to share your… Read More

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Envision a World without Sexual Assault and Harassment with Jaclyn Friedman

Coauthor of Yes Means Yes to Speak at Walk for ChangeOn April 22, thousands of people will gather at the BARCC Walk for Change. People of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and identities. People from throughout the Greater Boston area and beyond. What do they have in common? The passion to say #IBelieveYou to #MeToo and the vision to end sexual violence.… Read More

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Walk for Change—Fun for the Whole Family!

Surviving sexual assault is serious business. Advocating for sexual assault survivors is serious business. Loving and supporting a survivor is serious business. Even as the #MeToo movement is bringing unprecedented awareness of sexual assault and harassment to the fore of public consciousness and turbo charging the work to change the culture, the daily… Read More

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Press Release: Walk for Change Offers Opportunity to Show Up for Survivors amid #MeToo

BARCC’s 12th annual Walk for Change features keynote speeches by author and activist Jaclyn Friedman and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley  The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 12th annual Walk for Change will take place on Sunday, April 22. The Walk, which drew more than 1,700 participants last year, is the largest sexual violence… Read More

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#Bark4BARCC at the Walk for Change

Walk for Change participants are greeted at the park every year by BARCC staff and volunteers, their fellow walkers, and a lot of happy dogs. One of those dogs is Daisy Monsoon, a bright-eyed corgi who first took on the 2.6-mile loop four years ago. Daisy’s person, Madeline Brodt, heard about the Walk from a friend and BARCC hotline volunteer.… Read More