Posts tagged: Legislation

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Vote to Approve Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

Today, the United States Senate approved Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “The Senate’s vote to approve Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is a painful reminder… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Proposed Reforms of Pre-Trial Dangerousness Assessment Process

This week, Gov. Charlie Baker proposed reforms to the process by which potentially dangerous defendants are released before trial. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor offered the following statement in response: “The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center is committed to supporting all survivors… Read More

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Celebrating Legislative Victories in Massachusetts

The past 12 months have been momentous for BARCC and our mission to end sexual violence. We opened a new satellite office and launched our dedicated legislative advocacy program. The strides we’ve made pushing for legislative and policy change at the Massachusetts State House to improve the lives of survivors of sexual assault and harassment have… Read More

Media: ‘A Victory for Survivors of Sexual Assault’

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently spoke about the importance of pending legislation that would require campus climate surveys related to sexual violence at Massachusetts institutions of higher education.  Excerpt: "Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella said in a statement that this is because victims… Read More

Media: Kavanaugh Nomination Spotlights #MeToo Refugee Issues

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe about the intersection of sexual violence and immigration, and the dangers people face when fleeing their homes in search of safety.  Excerpt: "Since 2011, more than 68 million people have fled their homes in search of safetyfrom war, climate change,… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Urges Gov. Baker to Approve Sexual Violence Prevention Funding Increase

Statement by Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella on Massachusetts Legislature’s approval of a FY19 budget that increases funding for services for sexual and domestic violence to $37.3 million from last year’s actual spending of approximately $33.6 million: “We’re grateful to House Speaker Robert… 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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Op-Ed: Will Beacon Hill Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is?

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella wrote an op-ed recently for WGBH News to encourage the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Governor Charlie Baker to approve an increase to funding for community-based rape crisis centers around the state.  Excerpt: "What has changed, thanks to the #MeToo movement, is the broader public’s willingness… Read More

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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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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: In Massachusetts, No One Wants to Talk about Sex Ed

Earlier this month, the Boston Globe reported on the Healthy Youth Act, a bill that would requires schools that choose to teach sex ed to use medically accurate, age appropriate curricula. BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella weighed in on the proposed law, calling it a "no-brainer."  Excerpt: “They deserve to learn the rules of… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Senate Ways and Means Committee Budget

Statement by Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella on Senate Ways and Means Committee Recommended Funding of Sexual and Domestic Violence Support and Services“We are pleased that the Senate Ways and Means Committee recognizes the critical role played by community-based organizations in the Commonwealth’s health… Read More

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Media: Criminal Justice Reform Comes with a Price Tag

State House News Service quoted BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella's statement on the sweeping criminal justice reform bill signed into law in their recent report. The law changes Massachusetts' system for handling sexual assault evidence kids, among other reforms.  Excerpt: "The full system of response to and care of people… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Today, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform, which aims to create a more equitable system of criminal justice while also increasing public safety by implementing sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system. These reforms include changes to the state’s system for handling sexual assault evidence… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to House Ways and Means Recommended Funding

Executive Director Gina Scaramella on House Ways and Means Committee Recommended Funding of Sexual and Domestic Violence Support and Services“We’re pleased that the House Ways and Means Committee recognizes the vital role played by community-based organizations providing services to survivors of sexual and domestic assault and… 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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Statement: BARCC Responds to Legislature Passing Criminal Justice Reform Bill

This week, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to pass An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform, which aims to create a more equitable system of criminal justice while also increasing public safety by implementing sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system. These reforms include changes to the state’s system for handling sexual assault… Read More

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BARCC Praises MA Legislature for Enacting Health Care Confidentiality Bill

Update April 2, 2018: We're excited to share that Governor Baker has signed the PATCH Act into law!  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted the Act to Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (PATCH). This bill ensures that when multiple people are on the same insurance plan, confidential health care information is not shared… Read More

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Media: Massachusetts Students Petition for Anonymous Sexual Assault Climate Survey at their Schools

Boston University's independent student newspaper, the Daily Free Press, recently covered a new petition that advocates for a bill that would implement an anonymous sexual assault climate survey at all Massachusetts colleges and universities. In the article, BARCC's Advocacy and Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor expressed support for the… Read More

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Betsy DeVos and Title IX

Check out our recent tweetstorm on the latest from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos regarding Title IX, which provides essential mandates for educational institutions in responding to survivors of sexual violence. Follow us on Twitter. Pour yourself a cuppa & settle in for a tweetstorm on Betsy #DeVos & Obama’s #TitleIX Guidance &… Read More