Posts tagged: Legal

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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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What Are My Options?

Workplace Sexual Harassment and AssaultThis is the second in a series of posts on workplace sexual harassment and assault. In the first post, our Legal Advocacy team talked about dynamics of power and control as well as legal definitions. In this post, they will cover legal protections and options and how BARCC supports survivors. Content note: descriptions… Read More

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Do I Have to Put Up with This?

Sexual Harassment in the WorkplaceThis is the first in a series of posts on workplace sexual harassment. Our Legal Advocacy team will talk about dynamics of power and control as well as legal definitions. In future posts, they will cover legal protections and options, the active bystander role, and how BARCC supports survivors and their loved ones.… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Jury Verdict in Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial

Today, jurors found Bill Cosby guilty of sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Of the more than 40 women who have reported that Cosby sexual assaulted them, only Constand’s case resulted in a criminal trial. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Indictment of Bryon Hefner

On Thursday, Bryon Hefner, the husband of state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, was indicted by a grand jury on five felony charges of sexual assault, one count of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, and four counts of disseminating nude photographs without consent. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella issued the following… Read More

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Taylor Swift = #Fearless

This week, Taylor Swift experienced something that far too few survivors of sexual assault experience: justice in the courtroom. On Monday, a jury denied the claims of David Mueller, a former radio station disc jockey who had sued Swift for $3 million. He claimed that he had been fired from his job after Swift told station managers that he had groped… Read More

Exploring Your Legal Options

The following post was written by our team of legal advocates. Last month, the Boston Globe ran “Assault Survivor Wants to Turn Detective,” an Ask Amy column in which the advice author addressed a question from a survivor of sexual assault who was considering investigating and reporting the man who assaulted her when she was in high school.… Read More

Letter to the Editor: Criminal Justice System Ill-Prepared to Tackle Cases of Sexual Violence

In response to a recent Boston Globe article about the incarceration rate of rapists, BARCC Executive Director speaks to the shortcomings of the criminal justice system and the need for a broader and more nuanced view and approach.  Excerpt: "Contrary to the view of one observer in your article, society is indeed 'soft on rape.' Deep-rooted… Read More

Protecting Legal Rights of Survivors

On the morning of January 9th 2014, victim rights attorneys from various agencies and law firms gathered downtown at the Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts’ highest court, to hear oral arguments in a case called Commonwealth v. Sealy. Why did these legal advocates take time out of their hectic schedules to listen to what was happening in this… Read More

Whose Stories Matter: A Look at the Responses to Chris Brown

As I am sure many of you have read or seen on social media, Chris Brown discussed his first sexual experience in a recent interview with The Guardian. “He lost his virginity when he was eight years old, to a local girl who was 14 or 15. Seriously? ‘Yeah, really. Uh-huh.’ He grins and chuckles. ‘It's different in the country.’… Read More

Making Meaning, Taking Action: Reflections on Steubenville

(Note to readers: the hyperlinks in this post that are followed by asterisks are links to external coverage or narrative of the Steubenville and other cases, many of which contain graphic descriptions of rape, threats of rape, and commentaries that may be difficult to read. Those without asterisks are links to resource sites.) If you're a consumer… Read More

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New protections for survivors in Massachusetts!

2013 is barely started, and already it's been a tough few days for those of us who care about issues of sexual violence. But there was a bright spot in Massachusetts today as Governor Deval Patrick signed a new bill into law. The bill, S. 2402, is An Act Relative to Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault, and Stalking… Read More

Moving Forward and Focusing on Prevention

There’s been a lot of news this past week on the front of childhood sexual abuse.  As I am sure many of you or perhaps all of you are aware, the trials of Jerry Sandusky and Monsignor Lynn were completed and both were found guilty.  I want to take a moment and commend the countless hours of work and effort that the prosecution put into… Read More