Entries tagged: Events

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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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Registration for Walk for Change Is Open, New Location Announced

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 13th Annual Walk for Change Will Take Place April 28 in East Boston Registration is open for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 13th annual Walk for Change, which will take place on Sunday, April 28. The Walk is the largest event in New England raising awareness of sexual assault, harassment, and abus 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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Day of Healing for Male Survivors: Registration Open

Male survivors do not always know where to reach out to for support in their healing journeys. BARCC is here to support male survivors, and we’re excited to team up with MenHealing to offer a powerful experience: Days of Recovery—coming to Waltham on June 8 and Boston on June 9. Register for Waltham Register for Boston These&nb 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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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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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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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

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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. “The 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  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 Caller The 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 Ho 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 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. S 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 mor 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 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 a 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 violence As 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 St Read More