With more than 50 colleges and universities—as well as countless middle and high schools—in the Greater Boston area, we are committed to supporting survivors in all the area school and campus communities.
One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, reports the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. And according to a survey and report by the Association of American Universities, 11.7% of student respondents across 27 universities reported experiencing nonconsensual sexual contact by physical force, threats of physical force, or incapacitation since they enrolled at their university. The incidence among female undergraduate student respondents was 23.1%. Rates of sexual assault and misconduct were highest among undergraduate females and people who identify as transgender, genderqueer or non-conforming, or questioning (or who did not list a gender). Only about a quarter of the student respondents generally believed they were knowledgeable about the resources available related to sexual assault and misconduct.
Do you want your students to know what healthy relationships look like? Do you want to create a safe, supportive space for students? Do you want to change the culture of your school and help prevent sexual violence? BARCC supports local schools and campus communities in the following ways:
- Providing survivors with support outside of their schools and campuses
- Offering survivors legal advocacy as they explore their rights and navigate school procedures
- Giving trainings and workshops—on consent, responding to disclosures, bystander intervention, and more—to school and campus communities and administrators
- Helping school and campus communities process recent acts of sexual violence
- Consulting with schools to develop policies that support survivors and work to prevent sexual violence