Posts tagged: Legislation

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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

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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 survivors… 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 violence.… Read More

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Letter: For Rape Victims, New Law Would Pose Worrisome Implications

In a Boston Globe Opinion letter to the editor, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella responded to a recent op-ed on the rhetoric of the health-care debate. Excerpt: "In fact, treatment for health care conditions related to rape would most certainly be considered preexisting conditions under the American Health Care Act. That is how the health… Read More

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How Health “Reform” Will Make Sexual Assault Survivors Sick

A version of this piece was originally published in the Hill on May 3, 2017. So far, we know that about 24 million Americans stand to lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is replaced with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We know that most of those 24 million people will be low-income. We also know… Read More

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Op-Ed: Health “Reform” Will Make Sexual Assault Survivors Sick

In an op-ed for the Hill, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella breaks down how the American Health Care Act (ACHA), legislation currently making its way through Washington, would harm survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: "We also know that groups of people who experience significant health care disparities, such as lesbian, gay,… Read More

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Media: What You Need to Know about the New Uber and Lyft Background Checks

In recent coverage by the Metro Boston, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella offers perspective on the new ride-share background checks in Massachusetts. Excerpt: "Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), said that in her experience, CORI checks, as well as the sex offender registry, are pretty… Read More

Preserving Evidence, Empowering Survivors

You may have heard the news about a new Massachusetts law mandating storage of sexual assault evidence for 15 years. The sexual assault evidence system can be confusing, so let’s break down the process, what this new law means, and how it empowers survivors. The basics of evidence collection for survivors 16 and olderAfter someone is sexually… Read More