Entries tagged: Policy

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Media: Women Worried About DeVos’ Proposed Title IX Changes

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella and Senior Bilingual Staff Attorney Patty McNamara went on The Take with Sue O'Connell on NECN to discuss the proposed changes to Title IX.  Excerpt: "Their orientation is very much 'we're concerned about the due process of the student who's accused of the harm,' and we're Read More

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BARCC Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor went on Boston Neighborhood Network News to talk about the proposed changes to Title IX and where BARCC stands on them.  Excerpt: "When we think about Title IX, this is a matter that's being handled in schools, higher education, the education system. This is not a c Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Five: They Block Procedural Justice

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Four: They Discourage Students from Reporting

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Three: They Will Cause More Harm, Not Less

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part Two: They Favor Offenders

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federal fund Read More

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Reasons to Oppose Proposed Changes to Title IX, Part One: They Reinforce Myths about Rape

BARCC is submitting public comment to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailing the reasons why the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (OCR-DOE) should not adopt a proposed Title IX rule related to responding, investigating, and adjudicating reports of sexual assault and misconduct in schools that receive federa Read More

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Full Text of BARCC’s Title IX Public Comment

Below is the full text of BARCC's public comment opposing the proposed changes to Title IX regulations. For more on our take in a digestible format, check out a series of posts that breaks it down. Ready to submit your own comment? Read our tips.  U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos c/o Brittany Bull U.S. Department of Educa Read More

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Support Student Survivors: Submit Your Title IX Public Comment Today!

In November, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released new proposed Title IX regulations, which govern how to handle sexual assault and harassment in educational settings. We shared a few of our concerns then. Now we’re asking you to do the same: by submitting a public comment in opposition to the new proposed regulation Read More

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Our Road Map for the Future

Two years ago, staff at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center looked out over the horizon and took stock of the future. The organization had gained momentum in recent years and was growing in more ways than one could count. BARCC was making plans to reach even more survivors of sexual violence, to help people heal in deeper and different ways, and to Read More

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Media: Yes on 3

In the leadup to Election Day, local news outlets persistently covered Question 3, which upheld a 2016 law that gives transgender people antidiscrimination protections in places of public accommodation. BARCC, which advocated for the Yes on 3 campaign, was quoted several times making the point that protecting transgender people has no neg Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Proposed New Title IX Regulations Announced by Trump Administration

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed new rules for schools to adhere to when responding to reports of sexual assault and harassment. The proposed rules fall under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded schools, colleges, and universities. They will replace the department’s interim Title IX guid Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Question 3 Election Results

Yesterday, Massachusetts voters rejected an attempt to repeal a 2016 law prohibiting public accommodations discrimination against transgender people. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella offered the following statement in response: “This is an important victory for transgender people, their families, and our enti Read More

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Why You Should Vote Yes on 3

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump Administration was pursuing a legal policy that would narrowly define gender. This would effectively eliminate transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people from protection under federal civil rights law. And that is why it’s more important than ever for Massachusetts residents to vote yes o Read More

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Are You Ready to Vote? 2018 General Election Voter Guide

Sexual assault and harassment affect everyone in our communities. We know you want to do everything you can for survivors of sexual violence, and voting is a critical way to take action and show your support. The first step to changing our culture so that sexual assault, harassment, and abuse is less likely to occur is to listen to, believe, Read More

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Your Housing Rights as a Survivor of Sexual Violence Living in Federally Assisted Housing

This is the second of two blog posts that explain a few housing law protections for survivors of sexual violence and how BARCC case managers can assist survivors in advocating for their rights under these laws. In the last post, we talked about what protections are available to people who live in market rent, private, and state public and subsidiz Read More

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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 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 someo 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" 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