Posts tagged: Survivors

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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 to end… Read More

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Best-Selling Author Advocates for Voices that Matter

When Roxane Gay published her debut novel, An Untamed State, the New York Times called it “striking and complex.” The newspaper praised the novel, which details the kidnapping of the daughter of a wealthy construction magnate in Haiti, for its use of metaphor to describe the world’s culture of enabling sexual violence. “There… Read More

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Happy and Whole

The following post shares the story of Sonia, a survivor who has called BARCC’s hotline and come to BARCC for individual and group counseling. *Content note: personal story of sexual violence, suicidal thoughts For Sonia LaRock and a huge number of other survivors, rape was not a one-time experience. You might think that once someone is a victim… Read More

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Upcoming Workshops for Survivors

We're offering an upcoming series of free educational workshops for all survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse ages 18 and up.  October 18: Introduction to Trauma October 25: Self-Care for Survivors of Sexual Trauma November 1: Relationships after Sexual Trauma November 8: Identifying a Therapist All workshops… 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

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Media: For Survivors of Sexual Violence, Navigating #MeToo Media Attention Is a Team Effort

The Mary Sue sat down with a BARCC volunteer and BARCC's Bilingual Client Services Coordinator Alma Huerta Dominguez to discuss #MeToo media coverage, support for survivors, and how trauma can affect a survivor's loved ones.  Excerpt: "Alma Huerta Dominguez, bilingual client services coordinator at BARCC, says several crisis center services… 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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Media: Asia Argento is Not the #MeToo Movement

After a report was made public that Asia Argento—an actress and director who was one of the first people to publicly report that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her—sexually assaulted an actor and musician, the Boston Globe reported on the impact to the #MeToo movement. BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella said in an interview… Read More

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Your Housing Rights as a Survivor of Sexual Violence in Massachusetts

This is the first of two blog posts that will 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. When someone has committed sexual violence against you, it can impact many aspects of your life. At BARCC, our Case Management team often… 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

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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 more… Read More

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Press Release: BARCC Seeking Volunteers for Web Chat Hotline Service Launching in November

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that it will launch a web chat hotline this November. The web chat hotline will be a new way for sexual assault survivors, their loved ones, and providers to receive information, support, and referrals about sexual abuse, assault, and violence. The live web chat hotline will be available daily… 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

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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’s… 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