Entries tagged: Historic Highlights

A collage of newspaper headlines from articles that mentioned BARCC over the years

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. soc Read More

Historic Highlights: Formalizing BARCC’s Youth Initiative

BARCC’s work with youth began with the founding. From the beginning, teenagers called the hotline and volunteers held workshops and speaking engagements at schools. But the formalization of the youth initiative didn’t come until later. One of the first regularly occurring youth programs was a class at a school in Chelsea around 2008. S Read More

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BARCC Historic Highlights: Introducing Services for Men

Jim Holland joined BARCC’s Survivor Speakers Bureau about five years ago. He’s since shared his story of surviving childhood sexual assault with groups of high school students, parents, and a Division I champion hockey team, among many others. “I wanted to give something back to BARCC,” Holland said, recalling how dramatica Read More

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Historic Highlights: BARCC’s First Full-Time Staffer

Sohaila Abdulali was 21 years old and had just graduated from college when she saw an ad in the Boston Phoenix: “rape crisis center looking for coordinator.” She had written her thesis on the subject of rape, but had no idea where to go for a job. This would be Sohaila’s first job, so she didn’t know enough to be scared of Read More

BARCC Historic Highlights: First Hotline Caller

On March 26, 1973, the Boston Globe published a blurb no more than three inches long: “Rape center opens today.” The headline caught the eye of a man who had taken his coworker to the hospital and police after an assault the night before. He told his coworker, “you have to call these people.” Dory Cote was the first person Read More

Historic Highlights: BARCC’s Founding

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center started with a needs assessment. In the fall of 1972, a group of women in the Greater Boston area began looking for resources for survivors of sexual violence. They found nothing—and decided to do everything. In the beginning, BARCC was a collective. The all-volunteer organization worked out of a room on th Read More