Posts tagged: Schools

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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 regulations.… Read More

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Reducing Sexual Assault at School

How BARCC Partners with Schools to Create Cultures that Are Safe and Equitable for AllSexual abuse at private boarding schools has been all over the headlines this year. The truth is, though, that sexual violence in many forms is a regular occurrence at schools and campuses of all kinds—public and private, from middle school through college. That’s… Read More

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Op-Ed: Sexual Assault On Campus Is Real

(And I Can't Believe I Have To Say This In 2017.)Last week, a Department of Education official made comments trivializing incidents of campus sexual assault that involve alcohol. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, comments on how the official's comments and those who rush to her defense represent a… Read More

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Media: Sexual Violence Prevention Targets Students

Steph Trilling, director of BARCC's Community Awareness and Prevention Services, appeared yesterday on Boston Neighborhood Network News, talking about our work in local middle and high schools as well as on college campuses. With a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation, we are gearing up to expand that work.  Excerpt: "It is so important… Read More

Quote: There are steps that schools can take to reduce the likelihood of hiring a teacher who will abuse students. Schools must act on their responsibility to reduce as much as possible the likelihood of such abuse taking place.

Letter: Preventing School Abuse

In response to the latest wave of news on sexual abuse in prep schools, our Executive Director Gina Scaramella outlines ways that schools can work to prevent sexual abuse in a New York Times letter to the editor.  Excerpt: "There are steps that hiring managers at schools can take to reduce the likelihood of hiring a teacher who will abuse… Read More

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Missed Opportunities for Prevention: 13 Reasons Why

We’ve been hearing a lot in the schools that we work in—and in national dialogue—about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show follows the story of a high school student who dies by suicide and leaves behind 13 recordings. The recordings reveal the student’s experiences with bullying and sexual assault, among other… Read More

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Press Release: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Receives $100K Award for Investment in the Future

Award is part of Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 programCambridge, MA, May 25, 2017―The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that it has been awarded $100,000 by the Cummings Foundation. The grant was made through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program, which supports nonprofits in cities and towns… Read More

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Op-Ed: School Dress Codes Are Tougher on Girls than Boys

In her latest piece for WGBH News, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella shares her thoughts on the unfair messages that many school dress codes send—and how they can be remedied. Excerpt: "More typically, however, dress codes take aim at clothing worn by girls. These dress codes are rooted in the hard-to-die concept of boys and men being unable… Read More

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Protecting Transgender Students

You may have seen recent reports about the new federal administration reversing Obama-era guidance on protections for transgender students, including regarding bathroom access. In the following interview, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella breaks down the developments and how they are related to BARCC’s work supporting all survivors of sexual… Read More

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Take Action to Protect Title IX

Today, BARCC is joining a national day of action, part of the #DearBetsy campaign spearheaded by End Rape on Campus (EROC) and supported by Futures Without Violence (FWV) and many others, to ensure that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos prioritizes Title IX.  As Patty McNamara, BARCC's staff attorney, explains, "Title IX is a federal civil… Read More


Op-Ed: Real Reform for Reducing Sexual Abuse in Schools

In her latest op-ed for WGBH News, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella speaks to policy reforms needed to prevent the sexual abuse of students.  Excerpt: "But much more can be done to prevent abuse from happening in the first place. Requiring every school to have a written plan that defines appropriate boundaries for teachers, coaches, and… Read More


Op-Ed: Shutting Down Locker Room Talk

In her latest op-ed for WGBH News, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella highlights the dangers of dismissing "locker room talk" and the need for schools and universities to adequately address it for effective prevention of sexual violence.  Excerpt: "When these athletes associate with other 'sexually aggressive, hyper-masculine, and delinquent… Read More

Announcing Teen Drop-In Sessions

Come to one of our teen drop-in sessions, learn more about BARCC, and explore how to get connected with our services. You can meet with a BARCC counselor on a first-come, first-served basis.   WhenEvery Wednesday, 5:00–6:00 p.m. WhereBARCC's Cambridge office, 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139 Questions? Call… Read More

Let’s Focus on Healing, Prevention, and Accountability

The following post was written by Stephanie Trilling, director of BARCC’s community awareness and prevention services. In a recent Boston Globe op-ed entitled “Don’t encourage young women to feel traumatized,” Wendy Kaminer derides the work of activists working to end sexual violence. Kaminer’s piece unfairly judges activists… Read More

News Roundup for Independence Day

Good afternoon BARCC blog readers! I came to work this morning, convinced that I would not be able to write a blog piece today.  However BARCC is closed on Thursday and Friday so I knew the pressure was on to actually write one this afternoon.  While I am looking forward to having time off and seeing my family, I am not terribly excited to… Read More

It takes more than words

What is enough for an individual or organization to prove that they are against or that they support a certain issue?  Would this just have to include verbal statements or is there a need for some type of action or behavior change?  What if I told you that I support the environment and green/sustainable energy and attend monthly meetings to… Read More

DTR: What Does Sexual Violence Prevention Look Like?

In some relationships there is always the point where you have to sit down and have the “the talk.” We all have different feelings about “the talk,” but it’s when you sit down and DTR: define the relationship, or who you want to be. Are we just friends? Are we more than friends? Where is this relationship going? What do… Read More

Come out to the rally on Tuesday!

Rape on campus! It's a big deal! We need to make sure it stops! In conjunction with city councilors Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo, the Victim Rights Law Center, The Center for Violence Prevention & Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, BARCC is holding a rally next Tuesday (4/26) at Boston City Hall to end the silence about sexual… Read More