Entries tagged: Prevention

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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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Q&A with Junior League of Boston President Michelle Lentz

The Junior League of Boston will hold its second annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) from February 25 through March 1 to raise awareness of violence against women. Advocates will wear the same black outfit for five days and buttons that read, “Ask Me About My Dress,” to start conversations and raise awareness about these is Read More

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Why I Volunteer: Esteban

This is part of a series highlighting BARCC volunteers and the vital work they do in the mission to end sexual violence. Read all the posts in the series, and read more about volunteering with BARCC. Name: Esteban M. Guijarro Volunteer program: Hotline How long have you volunteered for BARCC? 2.5 years Why do you volunteer with BARCC? It is dif Read More

Media: Roxane Gay Helps Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Mark 45th Year of Service

The Boston Globe covered the 2018 Champions for Change Gala and Auction, which celebrated BARCC's 45 years of providing free services for survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: “'Seeing you all here makes me feel something I don’t feel a lot of lately: hope, to see that this many people care about sexual violence,&rd 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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Introducing our 2018 Champions for Change

Dr. Judith Linden and Stephen Marcus This post was written by 2018 Champions for Change Dr. Judith Linden with her husband and co-honoree Stephen Marcus.  I first got involved with BARCC when I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the amazing support that the medical advocates offered my patients in the emergency department, as both an e Read More

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Funding a Future Without Sexual Violence: Q&A with Gala Sponsor BITS

Boston IT Services has sponsored the Champions for Change Gala & Auction since 2016. We recently spoke with founder and owner Jim Stewart to learn more about why he invests in BARCC. Q: How did your company come to be connected with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center? A: We work with many different types of companies around Boston and Cambrid Read More

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A Year into #MeToo Resurgence, Three Reasons to Be Hopeful

Last October, #MeToo went viral. A year later, where are we? What has changed? As Google’s Me Too Rising visualization shows, while there have been some ups and downs, #MeToo has become an enduring topic of public discourse. It’s been both an exciting and a trying year for many survivors, advocates, and others active in the movement t Read More

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Op-Ed: Reaction to Report of Kavanaugh Sex Assault Shows That Myths Persist

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently wrote an op-ed on the reactions to the report that Supremem Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a young woman in high school and the myths about sexual assault that have already been repeated in the wake of this news.  Excerpt: "Reaction to the news that Supreme Court no 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: 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 Read More

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What We Owe Each Other: Enthusiastic Consent

The following post is written by Ian Downie, BARCC marketing and communications intern. As the #MeToo movement continues, the general public is talking more about consent. While it’s great that more of these conversations are happening, nuanced education around consent isn’t readily available for everyone. As a result, the #MeToo movem Read More

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Want Lasting Change Out of #MeToo? Here’s How.

A few months ago, I was having a conversation with a young couple who wanted to support BARCC, and they asked me an incredible yet simple question: “How can we have the biggest impact on BARCC’s growth?” Their question transformed our conversation. It showed me that they wanted to be partners in our growth to reach and support mor 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 c Read More

Op-Ed: Rampant and Routine Harassment: On #MeToo and Music Festivals

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella wrote an op-ed in DigBoston recently to discuss sexual harassment and assault at music festivals and concerts and what concert organizers and audience members can do to stop sexual violence in the music scene. The op-ed came in response to a Teen Vogue report on consistent sexual assault and harassment Read More

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Media: Finding A Voice After Decades of Silence

Two members of BARCC's Survivor Speakers Bureau recently shared their stories with Channel Kindness. The volunteers spoke about how they came to talk publicly about their sexual assaults, and the stigma that comes with being a male survivor of sexual violence.  Excerpt: “We’re all here for one purpose, and that& 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 a Read More

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Putting On Your Active Bystander Sweater at Work

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace This 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 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. soc Read More

Historic Highlights: Formalizing BARCC’s Youth Initiative

BARCC’s work with youth began with the founding. From the beginning, teenagers called the hotline and volunteers held workshops and speaking engagements at schools. But the formalization of the youth initiative didn’t come until later. One of the first regularly occurring youth programs was a class at a school in Chelsea around 2008. S Read More