Entries tagged: Healing

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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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Healing the Whole Person

Supporting the Health of Black Women Survivors with the Resilient Sisterhood Project Health is about the whole person. Someone isn't just a sexual assault survivor or just a person with a health condition—a person can be both at the same time, often on top of a host of other challenges. While that might seem obvious, the systems a person 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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Media: Baker, Markey Lead Bipartisan Resistance to Senate Health Care Bill

Following the Senate release of the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act, Massachusetts legislators are speaking out against the bill. In a recent State House News Service story, featured in the Fall River Herald News and the Taunton Daily Gazette, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella spoke about the damaging implications of the bill for sur Read More

Statement on U.S. Senate’s Proposed Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Yesterday the United States Senate released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a proposed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “This bill, if passed, would result in serious harm to survivors of sexual viol Read More

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Self-Defense and Creative Writing Workshop

BARCC is proud to partner with the YWCA Boston and IMPACT to provide a free self-defense and creative writing workshop for individuals in Cambridge. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Cambridge Arts, these classes are intended to help people find the strength of their bodies and the power of their Read More

Upcoming Community Events: Healing and Action

“What can I do?” “How can I help?” These are two questions BARCC has been hearing over and over throughout this election cycle. We’ve been inspired and moved by the outpouring of support—and also reminded that the need for services like ours is greater than ever. As more and more survivors and their significant Read More

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2016 Champions for Change Gala & Auction Most Successful Yet

More than 620 BARCC supporters, volunteers, and staff gathered this past Friday for our annual Champions for Change Gala & Auction. In addition to a rousing live auction, the evening featured a moving speaking program to celebrate young survivors and the power we all have to end sexual violence. The event was BARCC’s most successful to da Read More

Let’s Focus on Healing, Prevention, and Accountability

The following post was written by Stephanie Trilling, director of BARCC’s community awareness and prevention services. In a recent Boston Globe op-ed entitled “Don’t encourage young women to feel traumatized,” Wendy Kaminer derides the work of activists working to end sexual violence. Kaminer’s piece unfairly judges a Read More

A Collection of Responses

Here at BARCC, we recognize that this has been a tough week for everyone.  It is difficult to articulate our feelings, emotions, and reactions to Monday's tragedy.  I have read multiple blog pieces and news articles and am appreciative of those who were able to articulate their responses.  Two of those pieces are shared below. &n Read More

Self-care in the holiday season and beyond

When doing rape crisis work – or other crisis services –  one of the phrases you become very familiar with ‘self-care’.   We’re reminded on a daily, weekly, monthly basis that we should be doing regular forms of self-care for ourselves and recommending it to others –significant others, survivors, a Read More

The Creative Expression of Survivors

I have worked in the field of anti-sexual violence in some capacity or another for the past six years.  Some of that has been doing direct services work: hotline, medical advocacy, case management and other portions of my work have been more focused on prevention and awareness and community outreach.  Regardless of the role that I am fill Read More