Posts tagged: Policy

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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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Media: Safety Gains for Sexual Assault Survivors in Detentions Bill

BARCC Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor sat down with Christ Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network News to discuss Governore Charlie Baker's proposed legislation.  Excerpt: "When we focus on the perpetrator we ask, "why are we ruining their lives?' ... It's very unfair for survivors, because someone… Read More

Media: For Some, the Year’s Lessons Feel Forgotten

This week, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella lent her knowledge of sexual trauma to the Boston Globe's coverage of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She appears in the following articles:  "For some, the year's lessons feel forgotten" "Mass. lawmakers, advocates blast Trump's criticism of Ford" "Kavanaugh… Read More

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Media: Baker Bill Expands Pre-Trial Detention

A handful of news outlets—including the Daily Free Press, the Framingham Source, State House News Service, and the Lowell Sun—reported on recently proposed legislation that would make it easier for police and the courts to detain defendants deemed a risk to their communities. Coverage cited Katia Santiago-Taylor's remarks at a press… Read More

Op-Ed: The Church Must Welcome Outside Reformers or be Forced to do so

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella wrote an op-ed for the Hill to urge the Catholic Church to enact meaningful reform in the wake of another revelation on widespread sexual abuse of children in the Church. In the op-ed, Gina advocates for the Church to utilize outside reformers to influence the process of cultural change.  Excerpt: "For… 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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Middlesex County District Attorney Voter Guide: Candidates on Issues Related to Sexual Violence

In our mission to end sexual violence, one of our goals is to empower survivors to heal and seek justice in ways that are meaningful to them. Many of the survivors we work with interact with the criminal legal system, and we recognize that the work provided by the District Attorney’s Office can be critical. As part of our legislative and policy… Read More

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Suffolk County District Attorney Voter Guide: Candidates on Issues Related to Sexual Violence

In our mission to end sexual violence, one of our goals is to empower survivors to heal and seek justice in ways that are meaningful to them. Many of the survivors we work with interact with the criminal legal system, and we recognize that the work provided by the District Attorney’s Office can be critical. As part of our legislative and policy… 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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Putting On Your Active Bystander Sweater at Work

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the WorkplaceThis is the final in a series of three posts on workplace sexual harassment and assault. Don’t miss the first and second: “Do I Have to Put Up with This?” and “What Are My Options?” In this post, a member of our Community Awareness and Prevention Services team talks about preventing… 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: Massachusetts Activists Fight Battle for Comprehensive Sex Education in Schools

This week, the Rainbow Times reported on the status of the Healthy Youth Act, which would "mandate that public school districts offering sex education curricula expand their courses to provide more in-depth information on a range of issues related to sex, relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted… 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